Sergio Romero unhappy over Solskjaer’s backing of error-prone David de Gea
The Spaniard came in for intense criticism following his errors against Chelsea in the FA Cup semifinals. It was hardly De Gea’s first blunder of the season with him having let the club down on quite a few occasions this seasons already.
Solskajer, too, came out and revealed that he expects his keeper to do better. Despite that, the Norwegian stuck by his number one for the Premier League fixture against West Ham United.
Romero, who has been the Spaniard’s understudy for all of his time at the club, appears to have had enough. He played for United in all the rounds of the FA Cup leading up to the semi-final clash against Chelsea. (h/t Metro)
Not only was he dropped for the encounter but also continues to stay on the bench despite de Gea’s horror shows. It is understandable why Romero feels he needs to move on.
This is in line with his United career where he has kept 38 clean sheets in 59 appearances. This accounts to him keeping a clean sheet in 64% of his games. In comparison, De Gea has a much more modest 35% clean sheet rate.
The argument is skewed when one takes into account de Gea has played more than 400 games. This massively skews the sample space in Romero’s case. However, it cannot be denied that the Argentine has done enough to be given an opportunity.
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Dean Henderson will also return to Old Trafford at the end of the season. If he decides to stay on at the club for the next campaign, Romero will, in all likelihood, be relegated to the third-choice.
At 33, the Argentine is nearing the end of his career. It will do him good to move elsewhere where his talents are better appreciated.
Although Solskjaer’s efforts to keep faith in his number one is understandable, the United boss must ensure it is not freely given.
De Gea’s poor form has been a matter of concern for some time now. Merit over reputation should be taken into account.