Sergio Romero produced a match-saving display between the sticks during Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Southampton on Wednesday.
The Argentine, handed a place in the starting XI as preparation for next week’s Europa League final, made a sensational penalty save from Manolo Gabbiadini after just five minutes.
He then kept his side in the game with a succession of superb stops in the second half – the most notable of which being an acrobatic save to keep out Oriol Romeu’s well-hit drive after 57 minutes.
His numbers for this season illustrate just how far he has come under Jose Mourinho over the past nine months.
Sergio Romero's record for Man Utd this season:
11 clean sheets
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Tis was more than a solid performance in a dead rubber game; this was, ahead of a summer that could see David de Gea leave for Real Madrid, an emphatic message to Mourinho, who may now reconsider the need to splash out on another pair of hands in the summer.
Romero hasn’t put a foot wrong this season; he has done nothing to cast doubt over his starting credentials whatsoever under Mourinho. The only reason some may have reservations, I suppose, is that he still hasn’t had a chance to feature on a week in, week out basis, but that chance may well come over the summer.