De Gea injured himself in the warm-up before Midtjylland and his damaged knee will keep him out of the Shrewsbury game at least, but van Gaal was pleased with how his replacement Romero got on in Denmark.
When asked whether any injured player could return for Shrewsbury, he said: “I don’t think so.”
Speaking about the Argentinian, he said: “He’s a very good goalkeeper and he has proved that already in the beginning of the season, and it was not easy to do what he has done.
“So the first goal was deflected and I thought from the bench he has to also catch that ball but it was deflected so you can also say we were again unlucky.”
To be fair to Romero he was indeed excellent against Midtjylland but I feel like he’s just lulling me into that same false sense of security which he did at the start of the year, just prior to him making some inexplicable mistakes which showed the other side to his game.
That’s unfortunately why I could never see Romero as a long-term replacement for De Gea if we were to need one. While his shot-stopping is superb, he can’t seem to hold his concentration for the full 90 minutes.
Romero may end up playing two times for United this week but if De Gea is fit in time for Arsenal’s visit next Sunday, you can be sure he’ll start in goal and Romero will go back to the bench.