A bit part player Sampdoria, Romero was released by the Italian club only to be given a new opportunity by Van Gaal who he played under at AZ Alkmaar previously.
He was part of AZ Alkmaar when they famously won the Eredivisie title and the enthusiasm and respect Romero has for Van Gaal is so apparent when he speaks about him in an excellent interview with The Mirror.
“It’s perfect that I am back with my old manager,” he said.
“It makes me emotional.
“It was Van Gaal who made me an international player.
“I will never forget the morning he told me that he had been speaking on the telephone to a certain Mr Maradona and that the coach of Argentina wanted to select me.
“I now want to make him proud again after the crisis of what happened to my hand in Alkmaar.
“I am so proud of where I stand today. My wife and my two kids are so proud. And I know for sure that my father, who is in heaven, is also proud.”
Romero has pleasantly surprised every United fan in his first two games for the club and with two clean sheets under his belt already, his confidence will be building quickly.
His performances are even more impressive when you consider how difficult the goalkeeper situation currently is at United because Romero is under intense scrutiny with every move he makes, more so than usual, just in case he makes a mistake and can be lynched by the press.
One thing I really like about Romero’s comments is that it is abundantly clear just how happy he is to be at United and how privileged he feels to be working under Van Gaal again.
Actually wanting to be at a club makes a huge difference in the mentality of a player and Romero is ready to give his all for Van Gaal and for the team. You need those sorts of players to have a successful squad.
Nobody expected Romero to become United’s new No.1 if De Gea left this summer but from the way he has played so far and hearing him speak so effusively about both the club and Van Gaal, maybe we’ve all underestimated him.