Sergio Romero set to start Manchester United’s Premier League opener in place of David De Gea


Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea’s continued meanderings through the transfer rumor mill will keep him out of the Starting XI for Manchester United’s Premier League opener on Saturday morning (7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).

United boss Louis van Gaal said it’s important to look out for the human side of things here, as De Gea has been linked with Real Madrid all summer and manning the goal in the Premier League requires a lot of focus.

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That means new boy Sergio Romero will likely start, the 28-year-old Argentine brought in from Sampdoria this offseason. Victor Valdes will be transferred soon after refusing to play for the reserves.

From the BBC:

“I think about the human being more than the player and I don’t think he can handle that,” said Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal.

United are believed to be holding out for a deal that includes Real defender Sergio Ramos coming to Old Trafford.

De Gea is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, but Romero isn’t too far behind. The Argentina No. 1 is 62-times capped and starred in La Albiceleste’s run to the 2015 Copa America final.