Southampton and Manchester United played out a drab goalless draw at St Mary’s stadium, as both sides made multiple changes in a dull end-of-season encounter that left me emotionless.
Saints should have gone ahead within five minutes of the game (first half) when United defender, Eric Bailly, was adjudged to have handled in the area, but United’s Argentine wonder goalkeeper, Sergio Romero, saved Manolo Gabbiadini’s low-level penalty. That is why Romero is a world-class Manchester United and Argentina national goalkeeper, all-in-one.
Photo: Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero saves Manolo Gabbiadini’s low-level penalty to secure a much-needed one point for the Red Devils at St. Mary’s
While United would have liked to have ended the last away league of the season with a win, Romero reflected on the positives from a resilient defensive display from the team as he kept his 11th clean sheet in 17 appearances in all competitions this season.
Against the Saints, Romero almost single-handedly kept United in the game with fine saves to deny Dusan Tadic and James Ward-Prowse in the second half. His most important contribution, however, was denying Gabbiadini from 12 yards after just five minutes but Romero confessed he had some inside knowledge to draw upon.
The Argentinian’s commanding display at St. Mary’s was the ideal preparation for next week’s Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm, with Jose Mourinho already confirming he will start in goal against Ajax – something Romero is very excited about already.
Speaking in English to MUTV for the first time (on his magnificent penalty save at St. Mary’s, photo: above) Romero revealed the secret of his wonderful penalty save, saying, inter alia:
“. . . I played one year with [Manolo] Gabbiadini in Sampdoria in Italy. I did a lot of training [with him], maybe I have a decision in my head when he takes the ball and I say he’s shooting to the right for sure and I go there . . .”
Southampton forced Romero to make multiple saves during the last away match of this season. After the break the Saints were still unable to get past the United keeper – who is presently favored by boss Jose Mourinho. As I wrote above, Mourinho has even selected Romero to mind the post for United against Ajax at the final of the UEFA Europa League championship in Stockholm, Sweden.
Concise BIO: Sergio Romero
Manchester United goalkeeper, Sergio Romero, with United jersey number 20 was born Sergio Germán Romero on February 22, 1987 (age 30) in Bernardo de Irigoyen in Argentina.
He is an Argentinian (or Argentine). His height is 6’4″ (1.92m). Despite being 6 feet 4 inches (1.92m) tall, Romero is nicknamed “Chiquito” in his native country, Argentina, as he is relatively short compared to his brothers, in particular his professional basketball-playing brother Diego.
He is married to fellow Argentine Eliana Guercio, with whom he has two children, Chloe Romero and Yazmin Romero.
Romero began his (youth career) at Almirante Brown and CAI before going professional (senior career) in 2006.
He began playing for his country Argentina (national team) in the Under 20 team (U20) between 2007-2008, and senior national team from 2009 to the present. He played for four clubs in his senior career before he joined the English football giant, Manchester United, in 2015.
With Romero between the United posts, the Red Devils are certainly poised to go and win the UEFA Europa League final (defeat Ajax) and go to the UEFA Champions League next season, Insha’Allah . If God wills so . God willing or By the Grace of God – depending on your preferred phrase for Manchester United’s success in Stockholm . . .
Up Man U!