The Argentine recently became Man United’s fifth arrival of the summer after signing a three-year deal at Old Trafford.
Romero knows van Gaal well from his time in Holland with AZ Alkmaar. The 29-year-old was van Gaal’s first-choice goalkeeper as AZ romped to their first Eredivisie title in 28 years, finishing 11 points clear of FC Twente in 2009.
As Romero prepares to work under van Gaal once again, the World Cup finalist is thrilled to be reunited with the manager that oversaw the apogee of his club career.
“He is a great manager,” Romero said.
“He’s the kind of boss who puts you at ease and, from the first moment that I was given the goalkeeper shirt by him in 2007, he told me that I would play an important part in his squad.
“It was a vital period for me because, from the moment I signed for him, my career started to really take off. He is someone who has been very important in my life. He helped me a lot when I arrived in Holland as I didn’t speak Dutch and I didn’t speak English but he spoke Spanish.
“He is very honest and open as a person, he helps and reassures you and he cares about every player and every member of staff.”
Romero’s career has somewhat tailed off since that triumphant season under van Gaal. He was largely on the periphery at Sampdoria last term and only made three appearances during his loan spell with Monaco, a move that was detrimental for his career.
Regardless of that, he is Argentina’s highest capped goalkeeper and a World Cup finalist, which serves as evidence of his quality between the sticks.
Under the right manager, Romero is a proven talent. United fans ought to remember that the last time Romero worked under van Gaal he picked up 18 clean sheets in 27 appearances in a season capped by an Eredivisie title.
It is roundly accepted that the Argentine’s signing is a response to the impending departure of Victor Valdes, with the Argentine set to occupy the No.2 role behind David De Gea. Given his excellent relationship with the Dutchman, there aren’t many better second-choice keepers out there.