Wayne Rooney will be cursing Sergio Romero’s name this morning as he looks back on last night’s defeat to United.
The Red Devils legend was on the losing team as Derby County were soundly beaten 3-0 by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Rooney came agonisingly close to making it 3-1 and leaving what was probably his last game against United with a goal to remember.
Sergio Romero’s passion for keeping clean sheets meant he fought to protect his net as if his life depended on it.
Clean sheet master
The Argentine produced a spectacular diving save to deny Rooney a memorable end to the game when his free-kick was arrowing into the top corner.
Romero made another excellent save from a Rooney free-kick in the first half.
This late one was even better, but with the game already won, some supporters wondered if Romero should have showed a sentimental side and let the goal in, for old time’s sake.
Romero isn’t wired like that. He’s a competitor, and United are incredible blessed to have a back up goalkeeper like him.
His performances this season have been so good that many have wondered if he should be United’s number one ahead of David de Gea.
Against Club Brugge in the away leg he showed he has a mistake in him too, caught out for their opener with a lob after going walkabout, but he has responded well.
He has two clean sheets since and this one at Pride Park Stadium was hard-earned.
Romero’s performance drew plenty of praise from supporters, even if some were a little annoyed for him being too good, and saving Rooney’s late effort.
Here is a look at the reaction on social media, with some tipping him to start against City on Sunday…
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