Sergio Romero has labeled his final season at Manchester United a ‘strange year’ as he spent some time training alone and further down the pecking order than expected.
The Argentine shot-stopper spent six years at Old Trafford and generally impressed whenever he got a chance, especially under Jose Mourinho throughout the triumphant 2017 Europa League campaign but was predominantly David de Gea’s understudy throughout his time in England.
It was Louis van Gaal who brought Romero to United, but he initially fell to third place when Dean Henderson returned last season. Then it looked like Lee Grant was ahead in the pecking order!
Now having signed for Venezia after his United contract expired, Romero has looked back on a difficult period and is looking to show he can still compete at a high level.
Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero arrives on a free transfer.
— Venezia FC (@VeneziaFC_EN) October 12, 2021
‘It was a strange year for me, but I trained all year at Manchester United,’ Romero told a press conference, as quoted by the Metro. ‘Some days I was training by myself, because the squad was preparing the game.
‘I feel good, I worked in Argentina too and want to prove I’m the same Sergio who was at Sampdoria and then Manchester.’
Romero is back in Serie A, where he spent a spell at Sampdoria before joining United.
‘Venezia had been tracking me for two or three weeks, they waited for my final decision.
‘I really like the team, there are a lot of young players and I feel young too. There’s a solid club behind us, I think this squad has everything required to stay in Serie A.
‘I felt a family atmosphere at Sampdoria and it’s a similar sensation here at Venezia. Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world, but I feel Venezia can do well.
‘The level has really gone up, as Juventus, Inter and Milan impressed, bringing Italian football back to a certain level.
‘I hope that my return will help Venezia to stay in Serie A. We’ve got to quickly shake off the thought of safety and aim towards mid-table, which is the real objective.’