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David De Gea 'set to play' against Liverpool on Saturday

De Gea ready to start for United against Liverpool this weekend
De Gea ready to start for United against Liverpool this weekend

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is ready to reinstate David De Gea as his first choice keeper for Saturday's mouthwatering Premier League showdown with Liverpool, according to Old Trafford sources.

De Gea played his first competitive match of this season as he kept a clean sheet in Spain's 1-0 win against Macedonia on Tuesday night and now he is set to return to United again as well.

After the game, the keeper made his first comments to the media since his move to Real Madrid failed to go through on transfer deadline day.

"I felt well," he said to the Spanish press, talking about the opportunity to start for the national team. "The coach (Vicente del Bosque) has given me confidence.

"Now we need to continue to work and let's see if I'm also lucky in my club.

"My future is going to be the same as it is now. I'm calm, will continue to work and improve. In conclusion, enjoying football. I'm happy."

While De Gea made it clear that he was keen to join Real Madrid in the transfer window, the collapse of his move after an administrative error means he will be returning to training with United in the build-up to the battle with Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal has stated that he would not pick De Gea until his future at the club had been resolved and suggested he was 'not the same player' as last season as uncertainty over his move to Madrid continued throughout the summer.

There have been reports of tension between Van Gaal and De Gea, but Old Trafford insiders insist the pair do not have any major issues and will hold talks before finalising a decision on the team selection for this weekend.

De Gea has been included in United's Champions League squad and it now seems certain that he will also be back in their Premier League team this weekend, with Sergio Romero set to make way.

The form and focus of De Gea will now be the subject of plenty of debate in the next few weeks, with the Spanish stopper needing to get back to his best form quickly to silence the cynics who will be waiting for him to make a high profile mistake.