De Gea eyeing United return

A 'happy' David De Gea is hopeful of returning to the Manchester United line-up after his deadline day move to Real Madrid fell through.

With De Gea linked with Los Blancos throughout the summer, Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal felt that the Spaniard was not in the right frame of mind to be playing football and as a result it has been new recruit Sergio Romero who has lined up in goal for United thus far in the new Premier League season.

However, with his immediate future resolved, and having gained some playing time for the national team against Macedonia on Tuesday, De Gea has said that is ready to return to club duty, and thanked Spain boss Vicente del Bosque for his assistance.

"I felt good out there," he has been quoted as saying in the Spanish press. "The coach has given me confidence. I am just happy to have played. I wanted to play. I am very grateful to my team-mates who have been superb, and to the manager."

The 24-year-old, who has been included in United's squad for the Champions League, insists that he is feeling positive about his future at United.

"Now we need to continue to work and let's see if I'm also lucky in my club," he said. "My future is going to be the same as it is now. I'm calm, will continue to work and improve.

"In conclusion, I'm enjoying football. I'm happy."

De Gea has not featured for United since playing in a pre-season friendly against Paris Saint-Germain on July 29, and it is unclear if Van Gaal will restore him to the line-up for Saturday's clash with Liverpool.

United midfielder Juan Mata recently praised De Gea for the focus that he has shown throughout his transfer saga, and insists that nobody at Old Trafford will have a problem with the keeper on his return.

"De Gea is very well regarded at the club and by the coach [Louis van Gaal]," Mata told Marca. "I believe everything will continue to be the same.

"From what I perceive, I don't think there is going to be any issue upon his return, neither from the club, the coach nor the fans."