Romero wants the job

New Straits Times - - Sport -

STOCK­HOLM: Ser­gio Romero has spent large parts of his club ca­reer sit­ting on the bench but af­ter help­ing Manch­ester United win the Europa League, he be­lieves he has shown he is good enough to be the club’s num­ber one goal­keeper.

The Ar­gentina No 1 has had to make do with only six Pre­mier League starts in his two sea­sons with United since sign­ing from Sam­p­do­ria, where he also had a lim­ited role. But he spoke of his grat­i­tude to Jose Mour­inho for mak­ing him first choice in the vic­to­ri­ous Europa League cam­paign.

“I chose to come here be­cause of the type of club this is, one of the big­gest in the world and an op­por­tu­nity I couldn’t turn down even though I knew it might be a lit­tle harder here to play a lot,” Romero told re­porters af­ter United’s 2-0 win over Ajax in the fi­nal on Wed­nes­day.

“With Louis (van Gaal) I played 12 games and I felt good and so I thought I had played an im­por­tant role for the team de­spite not play­ing a lot. Then with Jose I’ve had a big­ger role, I’ve been able to play a lit­tle more and I’ve been able to show I’m a goal­keeper that can play for this club.”

Romero played the first four games of his first sea­son at United as David de Gea was ex­pected to move to Real Madrid, a trans­fer that was de­railed on the fi­nal day of the trans­fer win­dow due to ad­min­is­tra­tive rea­sons.

The Ar­gen­tine did not fea­ture again in the league in the 2014/15 sea­son but with Real ex­pected to move for the Spain No 1 again this sum­mer he could be in line to be United’s first choice keeper next cam­paign and com­mit­ted to stay at the club.

“My in­ten­tion is to stay. I could be the num­ber one or num­ber two again, it all de­pends on hard work, but hard work is some­thing I have plenty of,” added Romero, who be­gan his ca­reer with Ar­gen­tine club Rac­ing Club de Avel­laneda.

“But you never know what’s go­ing to hap­pen in the fu­ture so you have to keep work­ing hard for what comes next.”

His con­sis­tency in the Europa League, where he kept eight clean sheets in 12 games, was a rare in­stance in which he repli­cated his prom­i­nent role for Ar­gentina, where he is the most capped goal­keeper in the team’s his­tory, at club level.

“There were many mo­ments when I re­turned home very happy, I’ve kept a lot of clean sheets and helped my team­mates on a lot of occasions that’s given me enor­mous sat­is­fac­tion,” Romero added.

“I have to thank the coach­ing staff for show­ing faith in me and my team­mates who made a lot of ef­fort to make me feel tran­quil and end­ing with this tro­phy in our hands makes us dou­bly happy.” Reuters

Manch­ester United’s Ser­gio Romero only had six Pre­mier League starts in his two sea­sons with United.

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