Sergio Romero: Man United manager Louis van Gaal saved my career

Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero thanks Louis van Gaal for giving him a chance at Old Trafford

Sergio Romero says he is indebted to Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal after reviving the goalkeeper’s stalling career.

The Argentina international signed a three-year deal with the 20-time English champions after he completed a free transfer to the Red Devils.

It is very important for a goalkeeper to feel the support of the coach

Sergio Romero

Romero has started United’s opening four games of the Premier League season and kept three successive clean sheets before a 2-1 loss to Swansea City.

While the 28-year-old admits that he isn’t United’s first-choice goalkeeper, the South American shot stopper does feel comfortable at Old Trafford.

“I am very grateful to Van Gaal. I found it difficult to find a new club, even though I had played well at the World Cup and the Copa America,” Romero told La Nacion.

“I do not have the feeling that I am the undisputed No.1 already, but I do feel a lot of support from the technical staff.

“It is very important for a goalkeeper to feel the support of the coach. You don’t rotate goalkeepers. You either start or have to settle for a spot on the bench. There is no third option. And Van Gaal is giving me the confidence I need.”

Romero spent part of last season on loan at Ligue 1 side Monaco after he helped Argentina reach the World Cup last summer.

The Argentina shot stopper was criticised after a disappointing performance at Liberty Stadium as Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis cancelled out Juan Mata’s opener.

The goalkeeper is facing a battle with David De Gea to keep his first-team place for the clash against Liverpool.

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