Manchester United: Sergio Romero warms up for De Gea’s Liverpool recall
As David De Gea wonders about love and loss, one other Manchester United goalkeeper is upbeat. Sergio Romero has been talking to the media:
“Playing for United is a dream and if God helps me this dream will never end. As I have been saying: I have to thank Van Gaal for trusting me. But let me tell you, I don’t think that the goalkeeper spot in United is already mine. I do know that I have a huge support from Van Gaal and his staff.”
Other Man United goalkeepers – Victor Valdes and Sam Johnson – might roll their eyes.
“Although I had not done a pre-season, I started playing for the biggest club in the world. It’s important for a goalkeeper to have this support. That is because there is no rotation between goalkeepers — a goalkeeper starts or he is benched. They are the only two choices — there is not a third one. And Van Gaal has given me his trust.”
Romero must be pretty amazed to be first choice Old Trafford. The former Sampdoria player adds: “Although I played in the World Cup and Copa America, it was difficult for me to find a new club.”
But is he going to play all that much for United now that De Gea is not off to Real Madrid? The Times says he isn’t:
Van Gaal is thought to be prepared to throw De Gea into action against Liverpool, despite the goalkeeper’s rustiness and concerns about his focus, in much the same way as Sergio Romero was thrust into the United first team against Tottenham even though the Argentina goalkeeper had barely trained after signing on a free transfer 12 days earlier.
Romero is keeping the shirt warm. He’s not as good as De Gea, for whom one good game for United against Liverpool will have the fans begging for more.