Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed that goalkeeper David De Gea will not be included in the starting line-up for the Red Devils' season opener against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
Van Gaal is concerned that the 24-year-old may be affected 'negatively' by speculation surrounding his future at Old Trafford.
De Gea has been a target of Real Madrid's for some time, but Los Blancos have yet to make a bid for the goalkeeper. Despite the lack of a formal approach, Van Gaal believes that the speculation could play on the Spaniard's mind.
"We have problems of course with De Gea," he told reporters during a press conference. "He shall not play. I think a human being is more than just a player. He cannot manage that. You have to wait and see who is starting."
The 63-year-old added that it is up to De Gea to ultimately make the final decision on his future, if Real do make an offer for his services.
"That is in process. I cannot lead this process," he said. "I can only watch and observe and that is what I am doing but I am not participating in the process."
Meanwhile, Van Gaal confirmed that new signing Bastian Schweinsteiger will also be absent from Saturday's starting line-up.
"Schweinsteiger came at the last moment out of his holidays," he said. "I don't think he is fit enough. We have to build him to the fitness I think he needs."