Premier League: 10 talking points from this weekend’s action

6) Van Gaal right to exclude De GeaPremier League: 10 talking points from this weekend’s action - Opinion

It was a slightly surreal sight to see three Manchester United goalkeepers with almost 1,000 senior appearances between them sit in the stands for their season opener against Tottenham. Even more surreal given that none of David de Gea, Victor Valdes and Anders Lindegaard are currently prevented from playing by injury or suspension, just not selected because Louis van Gaal doesn’t believe them to be worthy of a place, for assorted reasons. Lindegaard is no huge loss and nobody is really sure whether Valdes is or not, but De Gea’s position in the stands could certainly cause some consternation given that, while Sergio Romero was relatively untroubled on Saturday, he has that chilling quality for a keeper of ‘having a mistake in him.’ Nonetheless, Van Gaal is absolutely correct to keep De Gea on the sidelines while the saga of his move to Real Madrid advances slowly towards its inevitable conclusion, like lava down a slight slope. “If he is still here on September 1 we will look again, but he cannot play before that because as a goalkeeper you need the highest concentration,” Van Gaal said on Saturday. “It is difficult when you are in a position like David. We saw in pre-season his focus was not quite there, and we made the decision on Wednesday not to play him.” It is undoubtedly better to play one goalkeeper who might make an error because of a slightly erratic nature than to field one who is likely to slip-up because he has one eye on home. Nick Miller

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