Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero is ready for a battle with David de Gea for the number 1 role at Old Trafford, but says he still has huge support from Louis van Gaal. Van Gaal dropped De Gea for United's first six games of the season due to concerns over the goalkeeper's frame of mind while a move to Real Madrid was on the cards.
Despite frantic deadline day talks though, the move to the Bernabeu never transpired. The Spain international will remain at Old Trafford until at least January. In De Gea's absence, Romero, signed a on a free transfer from Sampdoria this summer, has deputised. While he kept three clean sheets in his opening three league games, a poor performance against Swansea City that saw him culpable for the opposition's winning goal cast doubt on whether he will hold on to his first team role.
De Gea, United's player of the season for the past two years, could return to the starting XI for this Saturday's (12 September) clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford, the scene of one of his many heroic performances last season. But Romero will not give up his spot without a fight.
"Playing for United is a dream and if God helps me this dream will never end," Romero told La Nacion. "As have been saying: I have to thank Van Gaal for trusting me. But let me tell you, I do not think that the goalkeeper spot in United is already mine. I do know that I have a huge support from van Gaal and his staff."
De Gea has not played for United since the 29 July friendly against Paris Saint-Germain. His participation for Spain has also been limited, with La Roja boss Vicente del Bosque opting for Iker Casillas in the European Championship qualifying win over Slovakia.Casillas has been tipped to continue in goal for today's game against Macedonia by sections of the Spanish press.