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Reaction to De Gea transfer saga

David De Gea Credit: Press Association.

David De Gea's proposed transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid collapsed as time ran out on Monday night.

The necessary paperwork was not lodged before the Spanish league deadline and United are understood to blame their Madrid counterparts.

Confirmation that two of the world's biggest clubs could not settle the deal led to much mirth on Twitter.

Here is a selection of reaction to the deal going belly up:

Spanish newspaper AS: "Now we are hearing that United did send the documents on time but in a format that couldn't be opened at the LFP. Windows 95?"

Footballer-turned-pundit Mark Bright responds to AS: "I mean, you can't make this stuff up....."



Manchester United look to seal Champions League place

Louis Van Gaal Credit: PA Images

Manchester United are hoping to get back into the Champions League tonight as they face Club Brugge in the second leg of the play offs.

The Reds currently hold a 3-1 advantage thanks to a brace from Memphis Depay and Fellaini's injury-time header at Old Trafford.

“It is a difficult ground, and it is not a simple opponent. I have read in the papers in England that it is simple and it is a walkover, but it isn’t like that. Brugge against Panathinaikos, they won 3-0 [in the previous round]. It is still a game, but because of our third goal we now have more confidence.”

– Louis van Gaal (

Van Gaal: I trust Ed Woodward

Louis van Gaal insists he has full confidence in Ed Woodward's abilities despite criticism of the Manchester United executive vice-chairman.

Woodward came in for criticism after Barcelona forward Pedro moved to Chelsea, rather than United.

But the United boss maintains he has a good relationship with Woodward and has faith in his ability to bring the best players to Old Trafford.

"I have the idea you want to separate Ed Woodward with me. Never. Never," the United boss said in a spiky press conference.

"Because every day I am updated by him and I trust him."

Man Utd confident of winning Champions League place

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal Credit: PA Images

Manchester United are hoping to take a step closer to Champions League qualification tonight. Last season they missed out for the first time in 19 years. Tonight they'll take on Club Brugge at Old Trafford in the play offs.

Asked if United are ready for the first-leg tie, the Louis van Gaal told after a strong start to the season : “Yes, I think when you win two times then you shall have a lot of confidence. But every match is difficult and Belgian teams can play very compactly, they can defend and a team always has a chance of winning. Like on [Friday], every team has a chance and if they score out of that chance then it shall be very difficult.”

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