Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has been ruled out of their clash with arch-rivals Liverpool on Sunday.
The Red Devils are currently languishing in 12th-place in the Premier League table after a stuttering start but will be aiming to get their season back on track when they host runaway leaders Liverpool.
How serious is De Gea’s injury? Five things to know…
- De Gea was replaced by Kepa in the 60th minute of Spain’s draw with Sweden.
- The goalkeeper appeared to be clutching his right leg.
- He has now been ruled out of United’s clash with Liverpool on Sunday.
- De Gea has made 22 saves in the Premier League so far this season.
- United will also be without Paul Pogba and could be without Daniel James, who is a major doubt.
However, their task has now been made all the more difficult after De Gea limped off during Spain’s 1-1 Euro 2020 qualifying draw with Sweden on Tuesday night, as he appeared to suffer discomfort in his right leg after innocuously clearing a back-pass from a teammate.
As a result, back-up goalkeeper Sergio Romero will likely be preparing himself to start in the crunch match, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed his No. 1 will undergo a scan to discover the extent of his injury, with fears suggesting he could be out for longer than the Liverpool fixture.
“David needs a scan,” said the United boss. “I think he’ll be out. It certainly looked like it anyway judging on last night so it’s just one of those things.”
Solskjaer could welcome back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Anthony Martial but that will come as little consolation, as Paul Pogba is out, while Luke Shaw, Daniel James and Jesse Lingard all remain major doubts.
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Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Diogo Dalot also sit on a piled-up United treatment table.
Liverpool receive Alisson boost
While Solskjaer appears to be drowning in injuries, things appear much smoother for Jurgen Klopp, who could finally welcome back goalkeeper Alisson on Sunday.
The Brazil international has been sidelined with a calf injury since the opening day of the Premier League season, with Spanish stopper Adrian deputising in his absence.
But according to reports, Alisson has been working hard on his fitness and has targeted Liverpool’s trip to Old Trafford as his return fixture.
There were also concerns that Mohamed Salah would miss this vital fixture with an ankle injury sustained during Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Leicester City before the international break, but it is understood that the agitation is not as serious as first thought.
Joel Matip has also recovered from a knock suffered against Sheffield United and is in contention to feature, meaning Klopp should have an almost flawless squad to pick from.
Such has been Liverpool’s dominance and United’s fall from grace this season that bookmakers have priced the Merseysiders as odds-on to win at Old Trafford for the first time in the Premier League era – a betting trend only exacerbated by De Gea’s injury.
Coral’s John Hill on Liverpool’s odds at Old Trafford
Liverpool are now 7/10 to beat Man Utd on Sunday, while Klopp’s side are now priced at 8/13 by Coral to seal the Premier League title having opened up an eight-point lead over second-place Manchester City ahead of their trip to Old Trafford.
The Red Devils are all the way out at 18/5 to beat Liverpool, while Solskjaer’s men are a huge 250/1 to complete an unlikely charge to the top of the Premier League by the end of the season.
If Liverpool do beat Man Utd, they will equal Man City’s Premier League record 18-game winning streak set during the 2017/18 season when they reached an incredible 100 points.
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