In his press conference today, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal confirmed that David de Gea will not be considered for selection against Aston Villa tomorrow night. De Gea was dropped from United against Tottenham last weekend because van Gaal claimed that he had lost focus in the face of interest from Real Madrid.
It is evident, however, that United still highly rate the keeper, as shown by their unwillingness to sell him to Madrid for anything less than a world-record fee for a keeper or some sort of more pedetrian fee plus Spanish international defender Sergio Ramos.
But enough about United's transfer dealings, what does this mean for Aston Villa? Well, nothing more than the fact that Tim Sherwood's side won't have to try and get shots past one of the most formidable keepers in the world. Instead, they will likely be facing Argentina international Sergio Romero. (What, were you expecting someone bad? This is Manchester United, they have more money than God and their backups could probably start on most Premier League teams.)
This doesn't mean that Villa will have an easy go of things, though. Romero looked very solid against Spurs last week, and he still looks to be tough to beat. Nevertheless, when you have as bad a record against a team as Aston Villa do against Manchester United (United have not lost at Villa Park in 20 years), you take what you can.
Hooray for internal strife!