Louis van Gaal confirms De Gea will miss Villa clash, Januzaj not for sale, injury news

Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal addressed the media ahead of Manchester United's trip to Aston Villa in the Premier League tomorrow night.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has said that goalkeeper Sergio Romero could keep his place for tomorrow night's visit to Aston Villa in the Premier League, as reported by the Manchester Evening News.

Romero was picked ahead of United's number one David De Gea for the opening day win over Tottenham, after the Spaniard was dropped following strong rumours over a potential move to Real Madrid, but van Gaal told reporters that De Gea will again be omitted from the matchday squad.

Van Gaal confirmed that Phil Jones will remain sidelined because of mild thrombosis and that Marcos Rojo is short of match fitness, meaning that Daley Blind could line up alongside Chris Smalling at centre-back once again. 

It's the first away trip of the season for United - something they seemed to struggle with for quite a larger part of last season, and something van Gaal wants his side to improve on this time around. 

But the Dutchman has dismissed any claims that two wins from two at the start of the season would put any pressure on any of the main title contenders.

He told reporters: "We have only a better start than last season and that we have wished before the game and fortunately we won, but the season takes a long time. After 10 matches [last year] we had 13 points. It was still possible to be the champion and until the game against Chelsea at [Stamford Bridge] it was possible. It is also possible for Arsenal and Chelsea to recover the points, we shall also lose this season."

After reports linking him with a loan move away from the club to Sunderland, van Gaal was asked about the future of Adnan Januzaj, but he is adamant the Belgian will not be leaving Old Trafford this summer. 

He added: "I have 28 players and I have to select every week and maybe every three days. Last week I chose for other players. He is doing his utmost best, all the players are doing that. I don't have any complaints."

However, van Gaal was pretty tight-lipped when it came to bringing players, but did not rule out more transfer activity between now and the end of the window.

"Our aim is always to improve the squad and when it is possible we shall do it.

"I have said more than once that we only buy when we think a player can make a contribution to our squad."

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