Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is refusing to rule himself out of Sunday’s Premier League clash against Liverpool.
The 28-year-old goalkeeper sustained a groin injury while playing for Spain this week. He limped off after an hour of Spain’s 1-1 draw against Sweden on Tuesday and the noises coming out of Old Trafford since then have suggested that he is a major doubt for the fixture.
Sergio Romero, who’s made just 1 Premier League appearance in 2 years (vs Watford in May 2018), is on standby to deputise for De Gea, but United’s No.1 has not given up on being passed fit for inclusion. He is due to undergo further tests today with the extent of the injury set to be confirmed this afternoon. If De Gea somehow manages to figure against Liverpool, he will not be 100% fit and that’s a decision that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to ponder. Solskjaer had stated earlier in the week that De Gea was unlikely to make the game.
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Romero has not started a league game in 17 months but has done well when called upon in other competitions. He has lost just 6 of the 46 games he has played for United and stats show that United’s results are actually better when Romero is in goal instead of De Gea. His 28 clean sheets for United include the 2017 Europa League final win over Ajax. The Argentina international (96 caps), who was in goal vs Germany in the 2014 World Cup final which Argentina lost 1-0, was signed on a free transfer transfer from Sampdoria in 2015. 3rd choice goalkeeper Lee Grant (36) will be on United’s bench if Romero is deployed.
United are expected to be without Jesse Lingard and Luke Shaw on Sunday. Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are also injured while Solskjaer also has injury concerns over Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
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