Sergio Romero appearances at press conferences are even rarer than his games for Manchester United.

Usually the Argentine is merely a part of the background at Manchester United, as back-up goalkeeper to David de Gea.

Ahead of the AZ Alkmaar game he was brought in to face the media along with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and he spoke openly and emotionally about his time at United.

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Romero spoke about how much he loves it at Old Trafford, even if he struggles at times being second choice to David de Gea.


Romero has made five appearances in all competitions this season for United, and would walk into most starting line-ups around Europe.

He is under contract at United until 2021 and the club have an option to extend this by a further year.

Romero has no intention of leaving and at the least, is likely to see his contract out.

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.”

United are pretty lucky because there is not a back up goalkeeper in the world who is as good as Romero.

In many ways it is a shame because it feels like a waste of his talent to have him sat on the bench, but he is clearly very happy at United and loves the club, so there is no reason for us to complain.

Romero’s comments went down very well on social media…

No pressure Sergio, don’t go and drop a clanger tonight now…

Romero will feature this evening against AZ Alkmaar, having played in three of five matches so far.

He has kept a clean sheet in all three, at home to Astana, and home and away at Partizan. He was especially impressive away in Serbia.

Lee Grant filled in away at Astana and David de Gea played in the away game at Alkmaar.

Alkmaar are Romero’s former club and he will be especially keen to do well tonight. United need a victory or a draw in order to clinch top spot in the group.

Even if Romero has a rare poor game tonight, he will be forgiven. It’s great to hear from a player who doesn’t get the chance to speak very often, and hear him talk the club up so highly.

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The fallout from his comments

For every winner, and Romero certainly is winning at life right now, there is the other side of the coin to consider.

Romero’s desire to stay put is bad news for Dean Henderson, who has been impressing out on loan

With De Gea staying and Romero happy, United are set at the goalkeeping position, and Henderson wants to start.

Another loan will be necessary next season, or for two more years, or even it might be smart to sell him with a buy back clause.

His comments also make it likely Lee Grant will be released at the end of the season, and leave Joel Pereira left hoping to simply be third choice if he is kept at all, while Matej Kovar could head out on loan next season.

The only hazard for Romero would be an alarming drop off in form, but he has been so consistent for long, that’s unlikely.

He is a World Cup finalist and at 32, he has plenty more to give, considering how long goalkeepers can extend their careers into their late thirties.

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