While most Liverpool fans will have been focused on the probable return of main man Alisson Becker between the sticks, the Reds might have been given an unexpected boost with a possible injury to arch nemesis David de Gea.
The long-time Manchester Unted number one was subbed off after an hour last night, in Spain’s 1-1 draw to Sweden for Euro 2020 qualifying. De Gea left the pitch with an apparent groin injury, making him a doubt for Sunday’s match against Liverpool.
Now, De Gea has hardly been the fearsome shotstopper that he was just a few short years ago, but on his day he can still be one of the world’s best. And, more often than not, he’s had his day against Liverpool.
If De Gea misses out, it will be yet another big blow for Manchester United. The crowd will no doubt be “up for it,” hoping to throw a spanner in the works against their rival, just as they did with last year’s scoreless draw during the ill-fated title run-in.
Instead, United will likely be relying on 32-year-old Argentinian back-up keeper Sergio Romero. Romero has two starts so far this season for United, one a piece in the Europa League and League Cup.
We’d never root for an injury, even to a Manc. But hell, we’ll take any advantage we can as we seek just our third league win at Old Trafford since 2008/09. So get well soon, David. Hopefully some time after Sunday.