Louis van Gaal insists David De Gea will not leave Manchester United before the transfer window shuts.

De Gea was once again in the stands as United drew with Newcastle at Old Trafford because Van Gaal feels the Spaniard is still not able to focus properly because of Real Madrid's interest in him.

According to reports in Spain, the ten-time European champions will make one last attempt to sign the goalkeeper before the window shuts on 1 September.

But after a week in which United's reputation took a blow following Pedro's move to Chelsea, Van Gaal came out fighting at his pre-match press conference yesterday.

The Dutchman insisted the lure of United remains as strong as their desire to hold on to their two-time player of the year.

"I think when Manchester United wants a player he shall come, besides when a club is not selling," the United manager said at a spiky press conference.

"It is the same with us. We are not selling De Gea."

Van Gaal launched a passionate defence of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward despite the fact that former target Pedro signed for Chelsea this week, rather than United.

"I have the idea you want to separate Ed Woodward with me. Never. Never," Van Gaal said.

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

"I don't think they (the critics) have to doubt Ed Woodward because he has proven already for many, many years he is the right person on the right spot."