Peter Schmeichel runs rule over new Man United signing
Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel warns Sergio Romero that he will need to be aggressive
Peter Schmeichel has warned new Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero that he must become more aggressive to fit in at Old Trafford.
United manager Louis van Gaal signed the Argentina international on a free transfer earlier this week after the pair previously worked together at AZ Alkmaar.
Manchester United is a very aggressive, attack-minded football club, it’s chasing wins and it’s chasing goals
The Red Devils could be set to lose Real Madrid target David De Gea before the end of the summer transfer window, meaning Romero could be set for the number one spot.
And United legend Schmeichel, who was part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s famous Treble-winning side in 1999, discussed the demands placed on a Red Devils goalkeeper.
“The goalkeeping job at Manchester United has always been important,” Schmeichel told GOAL.
“It has always been important because of the style of play. Manchester United is a very aggressive, attack-minded football club, it’s chasing wins and it’s chasing goals.
“When you do that you commit people forward, and when you commit people forward you need strong defenders and a strong goalkeeper who can understand what’s going to happen next in terms of what the team is doing.
“Certain goalkeepers that were signed after I left the club didn’t have that.
“They didn’t have that confidence, didn’t inspire that confidence onto their team-mates and their immediate defenders. That was a big problem. Fortunately it was sorted out when Edwin [van der Sar] came in, and the standard of goalkeeping was back to where it should be.”
The 28-year-old shot stopper has racked up 62 caps for the Argentina national team following his debut in 2009.
South American Romero was part of the AZ Alkmaar side that won the Eredivise title under Van Gaal’s guidance in 2008.
He finished as a World Cup runner-up last year after Germany beat Argentina in extra time in Brazil.