De Gea wants Man United place back

The goalkeeper has yet to see a single minute of game time for his club this term but started for his country in Macedonia on Tuesday

David De Gea admitted that he is now hoping to be afforded some game time at Manchester United after getting a run-out for Spain on Tuesday.

The goalkeeper has been consigned to the stands for the first four matches of the new Premier League season.

United boss Louis van Gaal said the 24-year-old was not in the right frame of mind to play because of the uncertainty surrounding his anticipated move to Real Madrid.

The proposed transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu ultimately collapsed on deadline day, leaving De Gea in an awkward position, given he must remain at Old Trafford until at least January.

Despite not featuring for United thus far this term, he was handed a start in Spain's Euro 2016 qualifier against Macedonia and the former Atletico Madrid man kept a clean sheet in a 1-0 win for La Roja.

"I felt so good," De Gea told reporters after the win in Macedonia. "I hope that I now have some good fortune also with my club.

"The support I received have been so important. I have awesome team-mates."

Juan Mata, who scored the only goal of the game against Macedonia with a cross-cum-shot, was quick to hail De Gea for not allowing his problems at United affect his performance.

"De Gea hadn't so much work to do but he is always very focused," he said. "He's a good professional"

Meanwhile, Del Bosque added that he had no concerns about De Gea being rusty.

"We trust in all of players and, of course, De Gea," he stated.

"But, overall, we didn't play well. Our opponent was very good, focused, solid and intense."

Spain's victory in Macedonia means that they can seal their place at Euro 2016 by beating Luxembourg next month.