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Sergio Romero: Manchester United’s trusty number two

Sergio Romero has now been at Manchester United for three seasons and has had a mixed time at the club. As the second-choice keeper the Argentine has often spent long stints sitting on the sidelines but when called upon has always shown great professionalism and has been a reliable deputy to United’s Player of the Year David De Gea.

Romero first arrived at Old Trafford on a free transfer from Sampdoria in the summer of 2015, reuniting with then United boss Louis van Gaal who had previously been his manager at AZ Alkmaar. Romero was an important asset to Van Gaal at the start of the 2015/16 season, with De Gea being dropped amid intense transfer speculation and former United keeper Victor Valdes falling out of favour. Romero had to step up to plate and started United’s first game of the season, against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, keeping a clean seat as United beat Spurs 1-0. Romero went to start United’s next five games, keeping two more clean sheets.

However, after De Gea’s transfer to Real Madrid fell through, the Spaniard returned to the first team and regained his place as United’s number one. Despite not featuring in the Premier League again that season, Romero remained a reliable back up for Van Gaal and regularly featured in the cup competitions.

Over the last two seasons under the tenure of Jose Mourinho, Romero has continued to be a reliable back up to De Gea and has been United’s first choice goalkeeper in the cup competitions. With the Argentine playing a key role in United’s UEFA Europa League success last season, where he recorded 12 clean sheets in 15 games. The twelfth coming in United’s 2-0 victory against Ajax in the Europa League final, a game many expected De Gea to start. This season Romero has continued to put in some impressive showings in the cup competitions, keeping seven clean sheets in 10 appearances.

Yet despite it being announced last year, that Romero had agreed on a new contract to keep him at the club until 2021, with the option of a further year. There has been some speculation from certain factions of the media, linking Romero with a move away. Even if these reports are true, it is very unlikely that Romero will be leaving the Old Trafford this summer after suffering a serious knee injury. With the Argentine having to undergo knee surgery, there is a low chance that he will be fit before the transfer window closes on the 9th August, ahead of the first Premier League game of the new season.

It’s easy to understand why Romero may want to get more regular first-time football and it is perhaps unfortunate that he is playing alongside one of the best goalkeeper in the world, but Romero remaining at United is nothing but good news for Mourinho and the team. At the age of 31 Romero still has plenty more to offer and can continue to be a great deputy to De Gea, as perhaps one of the best number two’s in the Premier League. Plus, with United set to battle it out on four fronts again next season, there will be plenty of opportunities for Romero to get some game time.

Written by Jamie Mackinlay

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