Manchester United have suffered yet another setback, with Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea having picked up an injury.

The Red Devils’ first-choice goalkeeper is widely considered one of the world’s elite and brings huge reassurance to his manager, who will be sweating over the fact that yet another of his prized assets has entered the physio room.

De Gea injured his ankle whilst making a routine save in the warm-up to United’s first-leg Europa League tie against FC Midtjylland. After a swift fitness test, the goalkeeper was ruled unfit to play just ten minutes before the game and Argentinian shot-stopper Sergio Romero was forced to step in.

Romero, who started the season as United’s first-choice whilst the saga over De Gea’s mooted transfer to Real Madrid rattled on, has not started a game since Middlesbrough knocked Louis van Gaal’s side out of this season’s Capital One Cup.

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