London - With impeccable timing, David De Gea could return to the Manchester United team for Saturday's Premier League clash against arch-rivals Liverpool.
De Gea was the scourge of the Merseysiders at Old Trafford last season. He was the man-of-the-match when the sides met last year, making a string of superb saves as United won 3-0, the first part of a league double over Liverpool.
The Spaniard has been left on the sidelines for the Red Devils as a lengthy transfer wrangle with Real Madrid ran its course before being abandoned at the last minute.
De Gea is now set to remain at Old Trafford for at least the next four months and the ball is in manager Louis van Gaal's court as to whether De Gea features in traditionally their most fiercely-contested fixture of the season.
With the season still in its infancy, the teams have enjoyed similarly inconsistent starts, with both on seven points from four games and looking to rebound after disappointing defeats before the international break.
Liverpool come into the match seeking to heal the wounds of a 3-0 home defeat by West Ham United and will be without Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho, who was sent off in that dismal Anfield reverse.
United lost 2-1 at Swansea City but have since spent £36 million on young French forward Anthony Martial in a bid to add attacking impetus to a side that has looked defensively solid but lacking in attacking threat.
The match kicks off at 18:30.