He might have been indifferent towards De Gea staying, but now its obvious he wants him to stay. Van Gaal has stated he hopes the shot stopper stays, but he could not offer any guarantees.
De Gea played for an hour against Barcelona in the ICC in America and kept the Catalans at bay.
The Spaniard has been linked with Madrid for the better part of this window, but with no deal in sight, he featured in United’s 3-1 win over Barcelona.
“In spite of his injury – he hasn’t trained for one week – he showed his quality in this game,” van Gaal told reporters.
“The first chance was for Barcelona and when you stop the first chance you can score the first goal – which we did – and that is always a difference in the game.
“Yes of course I do hope De Gea shall stay, but in this world of football you never know.”