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When most of the Europe was swamped in the darkness of the night, Manchester United swiftly completed their fifth signing of the summer in Sergio Romero. With the situation that David De Gea and United are facing with respect to the keeper’s probable exit, it was a necessary move. The other no.1 in United’s rank Victor Valdes, is also on his way out with the highly inappropriate stunt that he orchestrated couple of weeks back.
Romero is an international goalkeeper who plays for the team of Argentina, but has a history with Louis Van Gaal. Van Gaal was the one who gave him a chance to start in his team at AZ Alkmaar, during his stint there. The next encounter between Van Gaal and Romero was in the world cup last year when Romero was the reason for Netherland’s ouster from the tournament. The keeper was adjudged man of the match in that semi-final. Looking at the facts, he seems to be a perfect backup that one would need for De Gea, however while speaking to the United manager, he expressed his views of using the keeper as a De Gea replacement. He said:
“I know him very well and I think in our situation, if De Gea is going or not going, it is always a threat and we have to take care, make sure that we are prepared and that is why I think it is very good that Sergio Romero is now a Manchester United player”
This means, if De Gea does leave for Madrid, Romero will take his place as the no. 1 in the team. This would be a big responsibility for the player and he would like to impress the manager. When asked for his reaction on signing for United, he expressed his gratitude and excitement :
“I am absolutely delighted to join Manchester United. To play for the biggest club in the world is a dream come true for me. Louis van Gaal is a fantastic manager and I cannot wait to get started on this new and exciting challenge in my career.”
Van Gaal has said to have spoken to both De Gea and Romero about the situation and made clear that the one who impresses the manager will be the one starting the game. If Romero starts or ends up on the bench most of the season depends on whether De Gea leaves for Madrid, but United supporters should be happy with the backup resource that they have got here.