The end looks near for Sergio Romero at Manchester United

It was speculated in November by ESPN that if Dean Henderson pushes for a January loan for the sake of his England career, Sergio Romero could get an unlikely recall to back up David de Gea.

After a post from United’s social media team on Tuesday, this looks increasingly unlikely.

The post celebrated United’s goalkeeping options, with Nathan Bishop and Lee Grant either side of David de Gea and Dean Henderson.

Romero was nowhere in sight, and his absence was picked up on in the comments, with fans responding to ask where the Argentine was.


A sad situation for Romero

Romero’s 2020 has been nothing short of a disaster on a professional level.

He was snubbed for the Carabao Cup semi-finals, then the FA Cup semi-final, and Europa League semi-final, having played a part in all three to help the team get there.

Some would say it was karma for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for ruthlessly ditching Romero that United lost all three ties.

Romero was denied a move in the summer, and while he was pictured training last month, his absence in the picture above spoke volumes.

A year is a long time in football

It was in December 2019 that Romero spoke to a press conference ahead of United’s final Europa League group game.

He spoke so passionately about his role at United and how he appreciated every minute he got to play for the club.

Romero told the club website: “When you get the chance to play for the greatest club in the world, and the chance to wear this shirt, it’s almost like fulfilling a dream – a dream coming true.

“So it’s something you’re not going to turn down. When I got the chance to come to Manchester United, it wasn’t that I accepted that I was only going to play just a few games. It’s not your intention to be second choice and, when [Louis] van Gaal gave me the opportunity, I grabbed it.

“I’ve spent four fantastic years at this club. So much so that I want to stay here as long as I possibly can. If I was playing more regularly and featuring in more games, I would be the happiest goalkeeper and person in the world.

“But the fact that I’m still playing the odd game here and there, I’m still very happy with my situation because I’m at a great club which I want to stay at.”

Photo by Erwin Spek/Soccrates/Getty Images

Now looking back at Romero’s situation, it is a tremendous shame and waste of talent to see him not even involved in training sessions.

Romero is a very good goalkeeper, so much so that there was even debate about him replacing De Gea a year ago amid a dip in form for the Spaniard.

That spot has now gone to Henderson, so it is only right for United to let Romero move on if he wishes in January.

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