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'Van Gaal hasn't spoken to me since I was dropped'

Donald Love admits he has not spoken to the Dutchman about a potential return to the side.

MAN UNITED DEFENDER Donald Love admits he’s not spoken to Louis van Gaal since making his senior debut in February.

The 21-year-old made his Premier League debut as a substitute in United’s 2-1 defeat to Sunderland and started in their next game – another 2-1 loss – against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League.

But Love has dropped back to the reserves since, and has revealed that he has not spoken to Van Gaal about a return to the side.

“It’s not really hit me yet. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind. I learned a lot from it. The manager told me to go out and play like I did for the 21s. That’s what I did and I thought we did well,” Love told The Times.

But we lost the game to two set pieces. He told me after the Sunderland game I’d done well and that I was one of the better players. That gives your confidence a boost.

“In the Sunderland game I was charging forward and the winger didn’t get past me once. I just played my own game. The pace didn’t bother me because our 21s coach nails fitness into us.

But we lost the next game and I’ve fallen out of it since then. I don’t regret anything because I did my best when I was out there. But I wanted to win. The manager hasn’t spoken to me yet, but I think that’s just how he is.

“I think I see him how you see him: it’s either his way or no other way. I’m just waiting for another chance.”

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