Sergio Romero has showered praise on Manchester United’s travelling supporters, noting that their noisy presence at every away ground is great for a goalkeeper and for the team.
The Argentine enjoyed a rare spell in the first team last month, featuring in both legs of Man United’s Europa League last 32 tie with Saint Etienne and the 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.
And Romero, reflecting on United’s visit to Blackburn (which saw over 7,000 reds descend on Ewood Park), was quick to reiterate his manager’s comments.
“I felt the emotion and the energy from the United fans behind the goal,” he said. There were thousands of them, seven or eight thousand I think, all singing.
“It was like a wall of noise behind me and that’s great for a goalkeeper to feel and for the team, too.
“It reminds me a lot of the fans in Argentina but while I like the tunes, I don’t really understand the songs that they are singing in England.”
How many teams on the planet could fill their away allocation at quite literally every ground in the world? How many ‘big’ sides fill their stadium every week, without fail, even at a time where nothing is going right?
United were, of course, a special club because of their rampaging domestic and European success under Sir Alex Ferguson; now, with the great Scot gone, the one lasting thing that truly remains untouched from those glorious years can be found in the stands every week, arriving en masse to provide an endless stream of noise. And Mourinho, just like Louis van Gaal, has been taken aback by the sheer magnitude and intensity of support, even in the face of poor results.