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Why it is important that Manchester United keep hold of Sergio Romero

The Argentine has had a mixed Manchester United career, much down to the irrepressible form of David De Gea, who is undoubtedly one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

Romero has played second fiddle to De Gea ever since he arrived at Old Trafford back in 2015, making only six Premier League appearances and instead of being used predominantly in the cup competitions.

He did, however, play an integral part in last season’s successful UEFA Europa League campaign where he played every minute of the competition where the reds ultimately lifted the trophy in Sweden after a 2-0 win against Ajax. It was a competition where he kept 12 clean sheets out of 15 games the Reds played, and only conceded eight goals.

Although he had a successful season with United last season, lifting the League Cup as well as the Europa league, it appears as if Romero is seeking more regular first-team appearances, after he was linked with a move away from Old Trafford in the recent transfer window. With the World Cup coming up in June, the Argentina number one fears his lack of first-team football could affect his chances of playing for his country in the summer.

Nevertheless, his importance to the United squad is still paramount. He still remains one of the best number two goalkeepers in the League and were the worst to happen, and David De Gea got injured, he would seamlessly slot into the United net with no problem.

Although, De Gea has recently come out and told The Metro“A lot has happened to me, some good, some not so good, – but to be honest I am just really happy,” his future seems to be thrown into doubt from week to week. Were De Gea to leave, Romero would be a ready-made replacement for the Spaniard, having the experience and talent to be a United number one.

Last season, it was announced that Romero had signed a new deal until 2021 with the option to extend for an additional year. He told the Manchester Evening News that; “It is better for the club that there is competition there between me and David, we work hard in order to help each other out. It’s very important we work in this way to get the best out of each other.”

It’s understandable that the Argentine wants more regular first-team football, and although he has only made a handful of appearances this season, the threat to his number one status for Argentina is minimal, with back up keepers predominantly playing in Mexico or back in Romero’s native Argentina, where the level isn’t quite the same.

It is unfortunate that Romero is at a club that has probably the best goalkeeper in the world currently, but Mourinho really rates the Argentine and was very reluctant to let him go last month, even with Russia 2018 just around the corner. Romero is said to be very happy at United and past this summer, will probably be very happy to remain at Old Trafford even if he is used as a second choice.

Even at the age of 30, the former Sampdoria keeper could prove to be an important United player for years to come, and with De Gea, the pair could prove to be one of the best number one and two in Europe. The fact that Mourinho hung onto him in January, just shows how much the World Cup runner-up loves it in Manchester, even if he is worried about his game time going into this summer.

Written by Dan Pearce

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