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Manchester United 2018-19 Player Reviews: Sergio Romero

The best back-up ‘keeper in the country

Manchester United v Derby County - Carabao Cup Third Round Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Another season of exclusively playing in cup competitions for Sergio Romero, and mixed results to say the least. He boosted his case for best backup in football in FA Cup matches at Arsenal and Chelsea respectively, showing off some impressive saves in each against some of the best attackers in the Premier League. However, Romero also featured in really poor losses to Derby County and Wolves in the EFL Cup and FA Cup respectively, as well as a shambolic loss to Valencia in the Champions League group stage. His red card against Derby was particularly self-destructive for a United team that was already struggling to create against Championship opposition.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United - FA Cup Quarter Final Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Romero’s final appearance this season came in the FA Cup quarterfinal exit to Wolves, but it wouldn’t be fair to place that on him. The Argentine no. 1 showed why he’s maintained his place in the national team despite not being a starter at club level for 4 seasons now, but could still improve on his ball handling (He’s referred to as “One Punch Man” on The Busby Babe Podcast for a reason) and decision making. He’s good enough to be a no. 1 somewhere, but if De Gea sticks around he’ll be waiting for cup runouts yet again. Even if De Gea leaves, United would likely begin the search for a new no. 1.