Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about Sergio Romero’s situation at his pre-match press conference today.

Solskjaer spoke to the press at 1:30pm and it was streamed live on United’s official app.

Given the transfer window has passed by without Romero departing Old Trafford, Solskjaer was asked for the latest on the Argentine.

He confirmed that Romero is training with the senior goalkeeping group, looking to regain the fitness he lost by starting pre-season very late.

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“Sergio is working hard in training,” said Solskjaer of the goalkeeper he is yet to use this season.

“He’s in the group and of course he lost a lot of training earlier on in the season.

“He joined us late after time back home and over Christmas as well, he was with family in Argentina.

“He’s working with the keepers but with Dean (Henderson), Lee (Grant) and David (de Gea) it’s been more difficult to get in the match squad.”

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It should never have come to this for Romero at United.

 

He was treated shabbily last season, playing the early rounds of the FA Cup, EFL Cup and Europa League before being dropped at the semi-final stage.

United lost all three times, and in the FA Cup loss to Chelsea at Wembley, de Gea’s performance was a factor.

When it became clear Dean Henderson was sticking around to challenge de Gea, Romero should have been rewarded for his years of service to United with a smooth departure which allowed him to play first team football.

That didn’t happen and then there was wrangling over a potential move to tomorrow’s opponents Everton.

There weren’t concrete links with a move away last month, which isn’t perhaps too surprising given not many clubs change their first choice goalkeeper midway through the season.

It seems Romero is simply training to be fourth choice goalkeeper at United before his contract expires in the summer. A consummate professional who never let United down deserved a far better, more dignified exit.

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