Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal looks set to start untested goalkeeper Sam Johnstone in net against Tottenham Hotspur today.
The Daily Mail reports that the Manchester United manager will turn to the Old Trafford academy graduate, who has had six loan spells away from the club but rarely featured in the first-team.
Van Gaal confirmed earlier this week that David De Gea will not be available to play against Spurs as speculation continues to link him with a move to Real Madrid.
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Reports in Spain today claim that transfer is moving closer to completion but it will still come as a surprise to Manchester United fans that van Gaal is ready to go with Johnstone over his recent signing, Sergio Romero.
The experienced Argentina international was brought in earlier this summer as cover for De Gea, and the World Cup finalist would be a steady hand to hold the fort until Manchester United can get a long-term replacement for the Spaniard.
But it seems like van Gaal is ready to go with Johnstone instead, handing the youngster his Premier League debut in the opening match against Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham.
Johnstone featured heavily in the club's preseason tour and with Victor Valdes not even given a squad number, it looks like Johnstone could be in pole position.
Anders Lindegaard is out of favour at Old Trafford and pushing for a move away from the club, so 22-year-old Johnstone is competing with Romero for a start. Last season he spent time on loan at Preston in England's third tier but won recognition for his excellent performances.
It would be a very big step-up though should he feature against Tottenham for United.
What do you think Manchester United fans - Romero or Johnstone for the start today?
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