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Sergio Romero confident he can remain Manchester United's number one

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Safe to say that not everyone at Manchester United will be welcoming David de Gea back into the first team with open arms when he returns from international duty with Spain.

The goalkeeper was heavily courted by Spanish giants Real Madrid all summer, leading to manager Louis van Gaal leaving him out of the United's starting XI and insisting that United's no.1 was not in the right frame of mind to play for his team.

In De Gea's absence, a new man took over the reigns between the posts in the shape of Sergio Romero.

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The Argentine, a World Cup finalist last year, joined United on a free transfer in the summer and was immediately seen as back-up for the 24-year-old De Gea, but given the latter's dramatic fall from grace in Manchester and Victor Valdez an outcast, Romero received the nod to start in the Red Devils' first game of the season against Tottenham Hotspur and has since managed three clean sheets in four games.

Real's last-minute attempt to sign De Gea couldn't be completed on time, extending the Spaniard's time at United and raising questions as to when exactly he will make his high-profile return.

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The Spain international is available for selection in United's next game against Liverpool at Old Trafford and is being tipped to make his return to the starting line-up in that clash. However, team-mate Romero insists that he has the confidence and determination to fight for his place.

"Playing for United is a dream and if God helps me this dream will never end", Romero told Argentine newspaper La Nacion, as per Sky Sports.

"As I have been saying, I have to thank Van Gaal for trusting me. Although I had not done a pre-season, I started playing for the biggest club in the world.

"It's important for a goalkeeper to have this support because there is no rotation between goalkeepers - a goalkeeper starts or he is benched. They are the only two choices - there is not a third one."

He added: "Let me tell you, I don't think that the goalkeeper spot in United is already mine. I do know that I have a huge support from Van Gaal and his staff."

Van Gaal faces a difficult decision who should start against the Reds this weekend, with the prevailing question, therefore: Will Romero's dream continue, or will De Gea's return bring the Argentine back to reality?   

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