Sergio Romero has made it clear in a recent interview that he is always ready to play at Manchester United.
The Argentine was signed on a free transfer from Sampdoria by Louis van Gaal back in 2015, and initially failed to endear himself to Man United fans after a series of shaky performances during the early stages of his career.
Since then, the 29-year-old, immediately omitted from the starting XI following David de Gea‘s contract renewal, has been consigned to the role of No.2 between the sticks.
Speaking to ManUtd.com, Romero revealed he was happy at Old Trafford, insisting that he is always ready to step in.
“As each week goes by we are all feeling more and more comfortable with each other as a group,” he said.
“I think you can see this in David when he’s playing – he feels good and relaxed in himself – and that our work and training during the week is very good.
“Similarly with myself you could see [when I’ve played] that I’d been training hard and waiting for my chance to play and that when that did happen, I was 100 per cent ready. As I said, I reckon a great job is being done with our training and that can only be a good thing.
“Having played my first game of the season in the United shirt has been very important as it gives you reassurance and keeps you calm and relaxed in the knowledge that things went quite well. You know that you can keep on working and improving.
“It’s also good as it means that the people within the national team set-up are also aware that you have played and done well which means that you are in a better position to be selected for the upcoming qualifying games.”
It isn’t often that your No.2 keeper has 81 caps – including a World Cup final appearance – for Argentina under his belt. United fans often forget that Romero is a keeper with immense levels of pedigree and experience. Indeed, the 29-year-old’s presence in Mourinho’s squad is uniquely peculiar: always present, and yet somehow never really involved.
The ambiguity surrounding Romero is amplified by his endeavours on the pitch. He is, as demonstrated against FC Midtjylland and Tottenham Hotspur last season, capable of making some incredible stops. And yet, as shown against Swansea City and Middlesbrough, the Argentine also has an aptitude for making some horrific errors.
United fans will be curious to see how Romero, if called upon in David de Gea‘s absence, performs under Mourinho in the Premier League.