Manchester United keeper Sergio Romero is desperate to return to Wembley as the Reds take on West Ham United in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup at Old Trafford this evening. United tasted Wembley triumph back in May when they lifted the FA Cup for a record equaling 12th time and Argentinian shot-stopper Romero wants to replicate that success and insists that the club “deserves” to get to finals, whether that be domestically or in Europe. Speaking ahead of United’s quarter-final tie against the Hammers, Romero told MUTV:
“I believe that every competition we are involved in is important. We know it’s always important that Manchester United get to the final and, of course, it’s even better if we win.
“We have to believe that our target is to always get to the final day. If it’s a cup competition, that means the final. If it’s the league, that means fighting to the very last day of the season. These are the clear objectives that we have.
“We’re involved in three cup competitions as well as the Premier League and, in all of these four trophies, we have to realise we mustn’t give anything away for free. This club deserves us to get through to finals and we’ll be fighting hard to achieve that.”
Romero is yet to feature under Jose Mourinho in the Premier League however has kept goal three times this season in all competitions, twice in the Europa League and again in United’s third round victory against League One Northampton Town in the EFL Cup. When asked whether he holds happy memories about the Reds FA Cup victory in May, he replied:
“For sure, without a doubt! It was a uniquely special moment for me. I’d been at Wembley for the semi-final but this was my first final there, the first time to be involved in a final of the FA Cup.
“It was a great game for us and we ran out deserved winners. God willing, we can go back there with this group of players and our new manager, and once again begin to create a bit more history for this great club.”
The former Sampdoria keeper kept his second clean sheet of the season last week as United ran out comfortable 4-0 winners over Dutch side Feyenoord in the Europa League, he first shutout also came in Europe as he was preferred to David De Gea for the Reds scrappy 1-0 victory against Zorya Luhansk back in September. Romero reiterated the fact that despite playing second fiddle to De Gea, the team comes first and that he will always be ready when called upon.
“I’m always ready and willing to play. I always train hard and I try to concentrate so that the sessions benefit me for when the gaffer needs me. He gave me the opportunity to play the other day in the Europa League game and things went well. We won, which was the most important thing, we needed the victory.
“So, if I’m called upon to play, I’ll prepare and try to perform in similar style to that Europa League game, and, if not selected, I’ll keep on training hard for the next time. You always have to be 100 per cent ready and that’s still what I always aim for.
“It had been a long time since I’d featured for the club so when you play and things go well… I’ll tell you again, the most important thing for us was to win the game, not to keep a clean sheet but to get the victory. But not conceding a goal does give me that extra bit of confidence and peace of mind which is also important. In turn that reassures the manager and my team mates and everyone within the club that I’m in decent form.”
Mourinho’s men will be hoping to join Liverpool and Hull City in the last four of the EFL Cup tonight when they face West Ham at The Theatre of Dreams. Arsenal host fellow Premier League side Southampton in the other quarter-final match up. It’ll be the second time United have welcomed the Hammers to Old Trafford in the space of four days, following Sunday’s disappointing 1-1 draw in which the Reds dominated the game but couldn’t convert their chances. Let’s hope for a better outcome tonight!