United are lucky to have league's best back-up goalkeeper

Manchester United could well be without David de Gea for the visit of table-toppers Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

The Spain international goalkeeper limped out of his country’s 1-1 draw against Sweden and is a real doubt.

That could put the spotlight on backup stopper Sergio Romero, who is the best reserve goalkeeper in the Premier League.

The Argentine international may also be able to take inspiration from a Liverpool counterpart, if given the start on Sunday.

Rare area of impressive United depth

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Much has been made of United’s lack of depth in other areas of the pitch this season, but they are well-stocked in the goalkeeping department.

Romero is without doubt the best number two goalkeeper in the Premier League; superior to Claudio Bravo, Paulo Gazzaniga and Willy Caballero, and others.

He is more than good enough to start for many of the sides in the Premier League.

Until Liverpool signed Alisson, Romero was better than all their goalkeeping options, namely Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius.

He can take inspiration from a fellow number two

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Romero may also be able to take inspiration from a man on the visiting team coach on Sunday.

Adrian was thrust into the mix at Anfield during the first half of his first competitive game since his summer arrival, when Alisson went down injured.

Since then, he has offered a blueprint for Romero to follow as a backup goalkeeper thrust into the limelight.

He’s been calm, assured, fitting in with his new team-mates well – although Romero will be desperate to avoid a similar mistake to the Spaniard’s against Southampton earlier this term.

Another injury to a key player was the last thing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needed. But in Romero, he has a very capable replacement with a clear inspiration to follow. He is good enough to keep Liverpool out.

Romero has been there and done it too. He won the Europa League with United in 2016/17 and is bidding to play a key role again.

A star turn against Liverpool could be another feather in his cap.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.