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Sergio Romero explains why he does not mind playing second fiddle to David de Gea

by Leo Nieboer

Sergio Romero has admitted that he does not mind playing second fiddle to David de Gea at Manchester United.

The Argentine played a fundamental role in Man United’s Europa League triumph last season by claiming eight clean sheets and it yet to concede a goal on route to the FA Cup semi-final this term.

It was claimed ahead of the January transfer window that Romero wanted to leave Old Trafford in order to secure more game time ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

But the 31-year-old, speaking in an interview ahead of friendlies with Italy and Spain, noted that he was happy with his current role under Jose Mourinho.

“I’ve said that I don’t know too much about personal statistics because I don’t look at them,” he said.

“But it’s nice to hear I’ve let in many goals when I have been playing, or that I’ve kept so many clean sheets. I’m more concerned with the work I do, being able to help my teammates. I try to do the best I can, whether that’s on the pitch or from the outside.

“I try to help, to work with my team-mates to be available. If I get to play and then keep a clean sheet that’s even better. It’s the energy, the fuel that keeps me working. It’s what I’m striving for and that keeps me going, week after week, day after day.

“I know that generally I won’t be playing at the weekend, but I try to stay in good shape for myself, mentally to show the manager here and at the national team, that Sergio Romero is in good shape.”

Hardly anything is ever said of second choice goalkeepers: always there, always necessary, yet totally peripheral.

No sportsman encounters the arbitrary nature of fate more than a keeper. No player is more alone with their thoughts, their mistakes. And this is doubly true for Romero, who does not even have the luxury of getting to play every week, to feel the flow of things.

Others at least have the incentive of knowing they could play on the weekend; the Argentine, on the other hand, fights a very different battle, and his record between the sticks over the last two seasons demonstrates his mastery  of one of the hardest yet unnoticed roles in professional sport.

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