Stats suggest Sergio Romero hasn’t done enough to keep Man United No1 spot

Stats show Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero needs to improve his distribution after 1-0 win against Spurs

Chris Smalling spoke of his admiration for Sergio Romero after the Manchester United debutant played a key part in their 1-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

A crucial block from Kyle Walker in the first-half and two saves at the death to deny Christian Eriksen in the second-half had Smalling purring.

“I think Sergio looked the part. He came out and commanded his box, which is what you want behind you as a defender because when you’ve got a goalkeeper who comes out with that presence, it mops up a lot of the danger,” Smalling said.

However, stats from www.oulala.com show that Romero’s distribution left a lot to be desired. A misplaced short pass, 16 inaccurate long balls and a pass accuracy of just 52.8% highlighted the 28-year-old’s frailties.

United manager Louis van Gaal appeared unfazed by Romero’s mistakes, though.

“He saved us two times. You have also seen that his building-up was not so good, but that’s logical because he’s not been here long,” Van Gaal said.

When asked if David De Gea could play for Manchester United again, the Manchester United boss remarked “Of course”.

Sources close to the Spaniard have claimed that he has trained very well and has made himself available to play against Aston Villa on Friday night.

With United looking to build on their win over Tottenham as they prepare to face Aston Villa, will Van Gaal keep faith in the Argentine following his impressive debut or look to reinstate De Gea?

This infographic was supplied by Opta-powered fantasy football game www.oulala.com

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