Van Gaal now in danger of losing his star goalkeeper
With Manchester United facing a fight to claim a top four Premier League position that would ensure Champions League football next season, the team's unsteady performance against Arsenal in the FA Cup highlights another major concern for Louis Van Gaal - how to keep 24-year old Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea (above) at the club.
The experienced manager must realise he's done himself no favours by leaving his goalkeeper exposed behind an unstable roster of defenders prone to schoolboy errors.
Described by Roy Keane as "the best goalkeeper in the world at the moment", de Gea is believed to be top of Real Madrid's wanted list. If Van Gaal's earlier reluctance to strengthen his defence results in his star keeper's departure from Old Trafford, it could undermine his credibility.