David de Gea or Sergio Romero? That is on the lips of most Manchester United fans heading into this evening’s Premier League clash with West Ham United.
The Spaniard was badly at fault for another goal at the weekend, allowing Mason Mount’s weak, long-range effort to slip through him at a costly time. It was immediately after the restart, making it 2-0 in the process and killing off any team talk or strategy that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had sent the side out with.
We went on to lose 3-1 to Chelsea, eliminating us from the FA Cup at the semi-final stage.
Now the task switches back to the Premier League, where we need two points from our final two games to guarantee us Champions League football next season. Manchester United are as short as 1/4 to pick up the three points this evening – the best odds we could find were from Odds Gurus, who compare betting sites.
West Ham visit Old Trafford with much higher energy levels than us this evening, on the basis of their 3-1 win over Watford being the only game they have played in the time we have drawn 2-2 with Southampton (last Monday), beaten Crystal Palace 2-0 (last Thursday) and lost to Chelsea (Sunday).
The result this evening won’t be of huge significance, unless Chelsea lose both of their remaining games – away to Liverpool and at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers. We’ll still need a result away to Leicester City on Sunday.
With that in mind, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does have some big decisions to make. The first being the title of this topic – should he go with David de Gea or Sergio Romero between the posts? The former has made error after error following the restart and has actually been well-protected in general. He’s not had to make many tough saves at all.
Having started all 36 Premier League games this season, I’d be surprised if de Gea gets dropped for the final two games of the season, but we certainly can’t it out. And whilst Romero does have an error in him too, he’s certainly not been as wild as big Dave over the past two months.
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