Manchester United may have over the years had a reputation for being a star-studded group, but they have rarely had to deal with boasting a world class goalkeeping pair going tooth and neck for a place in the starting lineup. In fact, the Old Trafford outfit struggled to feel the heavy boots left by Peter Schmeichel, at a point fielding Northern Ireland goalkeeper Roy Carroll who played 72 games for the club between 2001 and 2005 and famously juggled a Pedro Mendes shot into his own net – and surprisingly got away with it.
Now, Mourinho faces an uphill battle with keeping Sergio Romero Happy since he boasts both the Argentine and Spain’s number one David De Gea in his ranks. During the transfer window back in July, United’s number 20 admitted to his desire in becoming the club’s undisputed number 1 but wanted the Spaniard to stay since his [De Gea] will help him ‘to be better’ as the situation
surrounding his future intensified.
United welcome FC Basel on their return to the Champions League, a competition they’ve won thrice but have struggled to qualify for since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013 and Mourinho will start De Gea ahead of Romero who hasn’t featured for United in any competitive fixture since the Europa League final. The Argentinian shot-stopper started in goal for the majority of United’s Europa League campaign – including the final against Ajax – But as opposed to being used in the champions league like he did in Europa, Romero will likely play second fiddle to De Gea who according to Mourinho “is doing really well and is very confident.”
With the World cup lurking around, Romero will be hoping to feature more at club level to earn a call up for Argentina and the 30-year-old will not be taking his place on the bench lightly. With Over 50 fixtures scheduled for the red devils this term across 4 competitions, Mourinho will have quite the task to keep his number 2 happy at the club he has grown to love.