Real thing: The Spanish giants still want to sign De Gea in the summer

By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Manchester United are hopeful David de Gea will be fit for Thursday’s Europa League clash against Midtjylland.

Louis van Gaal revealed ahead of Monday night’s FA Cup match at Shrewsbury Town that the goalkeeper should return this week.

The United goalkeeper suffered a knee injury in the warm-up before United’s 2-1 defeat to Midtjylland last Thursday but, as revealed by Football Insider, it is not too serious.

Asked if De Gea was close to giving the team a boost by returning, Van Gaal told BT Sport: “That’s true. We have to wait and see if he is available for Thursday.”

Sergio Romero continues in goal for the clash at Shrewsbury and if the second-leg showdown against Midtjylland at Old Trafford comes too soon for De Gea, he is on course to make Sunday’s Premier League match against Arsenal.

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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.

In other Manchester United injury news, the club’s casualty list was reduced from 14 to 12 players as young full-backs Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Guillermo Varela returned on Monday.