Manchester United boost as key player confident of making Arsenal clash
By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
David de Gea is confident of being fit for Manchester United’s clash against Arsenal on Sunday, Football Insider sources understand.
The United goalkeeper suffered a knee injury in the warm-up before United’s 2-1 defeat to Midtjylland last Thursday but it is not thought to be too serious.
Sergio Romero is expected to continue in goal for Monday’s FA Cup clash at Shrewsbury Town but a United source has told Football Insider that De Gea is hopeful of being back by the end of the week.
Thursday’s Europa League clash at home to Midtjylland may come too soon for the Spaniard but he is on course to make Sunday’s Premier League showdown against Arsenal at Old Trafford.
Rookie goalkeeper Dean Henderson was recalled on Saturday from a loan spell at Stockport as United hastily arranged cover ahead of the visit to Shrewsbury.
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Injuries to De Gea and third-choice keeper Sam Johnstone, and the ineligibility of fourth-choice Joel Castro Pereira, have forced the Premier League club in action.
With Johnstone also one of the 14 players on the casualty list, Pereira ineligible after already playing in the FA Cup this season while on loan Rochdale and Victor Valdes on loan at Standard Liege, United’s sixth-choice keeper could be on the bench at Shrewsbury.