Louis van Gaal is delighted to have completed the signing of Sergio Romero and believes he has got the perfect range of skills to compliment the footballing style he is implementing at Manchester United.
Romero, 28, played underneath Van Gaal at AZ Alkmaar previously and speaking to ManUtd.com in an exclusive interview about his new signing, United’s boss paid particular attention to Romero’s confidence as one of his best assets.
“Sergio Romero is an international goalkeeper from the Argentina team,” Van Gaal explained.
“He was also a former player of mine. I was trainer-coach, manager of AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands, I picked him up when he was 19 and he was a great talent. We became champions with him, with a minor club, and in the Netherlands it was a fantastic result of course.
“I know him very well and I think in our situation, if De Gea is going or not going, it is always a threat and we have to take care, make sure that we are prepared and that is why I think it is very good that Sergio Romero is now a Manchester United player.
“He is a goalkeeper and he stops the balls, and that is also his position but he can also build up with his feet and that is, in our profile, very important. But also his stature is very good, he is tall.
“In the Netherlands he dominates the 60 metre area and I don’t know if he can do that in England, because it is a little bit different, but he is physically strong and he has confidence in himself, which is also very good I believe. He did very well in the World Cup against us [Netherlands] because he stopped the decisive penalties [in the semi-final].”
First and foremost, Van Gaal wants his goalkeepers to be good shot-stoppers but after that there is a real emphasis on ball playing ability and being able to build chances from the back.
In that respect, Van Gaal seems more than happy with the signing of Romero and as he is has been brought in on a free transfer, there is minimal risk applied to the deal.
What role he plays at United next year very much depends on David de Gea but with Valdes leaving, Romero will become United’s back-up goalkeeper at the very least.