Why Man United will be in safe hands with Sergio Romero starting against Liverpool

Why Man United will be in safe hands with Sergio Romero starting against Liverpool

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed David De Gea's absence for the big clash against Liverpool on Sunday evening. 

The Spaniard was injured while on international duty with Spain, giving the Norwegian more headache following recent struggles in the Premier League. 

The former Red Devil has a number of injury worries, with the likes of Victor Lindelof, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw, Mason Greenwood and Jesse Lingard all doubtful for the match. 

With De Gea's absence, Sergio Romero will find himself thrown into the first team for the clash on Sunday. 

Manchester United fans will, however, be confident that the Argentine can deliver, and be even a better fit compared to De Gea. 

Romero has been outstanding whenever called upon in the past, and the fans will hope to see a successful outing on this particular day. 

Romero's record in the Premier League

The Argentine has kept six clean sheets in seven Premier League matches that he has been called upon to step in.

The only match he conceded was away to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, meaning he is yet to concede at home in the Premier League.

That, in itself, is a wonderful record for a player who sees little first-team action due to De Gea's brilliance. 

He has some action this season already, coming in for the cup matches in the Europa League and the Carabao Cup. 

Key matches he was called upon

Romero V Arsenal, Jan 2019

Having starred for Man United in the Emirates FA Cup third-round tie, the Argentine was once again tasked with keeping out Arsenal's 'shooting stars'. 

United walked into Emirates Stadium on a Friday night and left with a victory, after goals from Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard in the first half, before an Anthony Martial strike, preceding Aubameyang's goal, gave the visitors a 3-1 win. 

Once again, the Argentine was man-of-the-match with key saves. 

Romero v Southampton, May 2017

Jose Mourinho decided to rotate his side when they visited St. Mary's Stadium in this particular match, keeping an eye on a mid-week Europa League clash. 

Within five minutes, the decision to give Romero only a second Premier League start of the season had been vindicated, as the keeper palmed away Manolo Gabbiadini’s penalty. He put in a wonderful performance, keeping his 17th clean sheet for United in the process. 

Romero v  Watford, May 2018

In an end of the season match that was also Michael Carrick's farewell appearance that ended his 12 years association with Man United, United beat Watford 1-0, thanks to Marcus Rashfrod's strike.

It might have been a different story, though, had it not been for the reflexes of Sergio. He denied Richarlison just before the break as he recorded his sixth clean sheet in the Premier League for United.

He, however, did not feature in the league in 2018/19.

Sergio's overall United record 

  • P46 W32 D8 L6
  • Goals conceded: 23
  • Clean sheets: 28

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