The Argentine delighted supporters during Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Southampton on Wednesday night with an exceptional string of saves, including an astonishing stop to keep out Manolo Gabbiadini’s penalty.
He was handed just his second Premier League appearance of the season at Saint Mary’s in preparation for the Europa League final – a game, Mourinho recently confirmed, that will see the 30-year-old keep his place in the side.
And Romero, when asked about the value of keeping his place in the side during the latter stages of the Europa League, responded: “Yes, it’s very important.”
“I arrived here [on a] free [transfer], nobody knew me and now Jose [Mourinho] gave me a lot of confidence and the players give me a lot of confidence and for me it’s very important.
“I try to do my best for the team. The most important thing is the group and the fans and we go there in Stockholm for the win.”
17 games, 13 wins, 11 clean sheets, 6 conceded, 0 defeats. The numbers tell a story in itself. By no means the biggest success story under Mourinho, but make no mistake: this season has been a renaissance for the Argentine.
He has transcended the trauma of those first few months under Louis van Gaal and reminded everybody of why he remains Argentina’s undisputed No.1 after so long. Romero may be a relatively sporadic presence in the starting XI, but the 30-year-old undoubtedly brings an aura of quiet experience to the pitch whenever called upon, and supporters may just see him more regularly next year.