Manchester United have signed Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero on a free transfer and he is the fifth major signing at Old Trafford this summer after Memphis Depay from PSV, Matteo Darmian from Torino, Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich and Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton.
The Argentine number one has signed a three year contract at the Theater of Dreams.
But the goalkeeper will find it hard to make it to the first team of the Red Devils with Manchester United Player of the Season for back to back two season David De Gea in the team.
Victor Valdes, after having a fallout with Van Gaal, is expected toleave this summer and Romero will be likely to be the second choice only.
Louis van Gaal said new signing Sergio Romero is capable of becoming Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper if David De Gea joins Real Madrid.
The Dutch manager brought his former AZ goalkeeper Romero to add options if De Gea leaves for Real Madrid this summer.
Louis Van Gaal first brought the Argentine to Europe at AZ from Racing Club and the duo won Dutch Eridivisie together.
Although, it is unlikely that Real Madrid will try for De Gea again this summer after signing Kiko Casilla.
“With the threat that David De Gea is going to Real Madrid, we had to prepare our season,” Van Gaal told Sky Sports News HQ.
“I think Sergio Romero can fulfil that because you have to handle quickly what may happen with David De Gea. I think he is a very good choice.”
“He is the Argentinian goalkeeper. He has international experience. I know him very good because I picked him when he was 19 years old to AZ Alkmaar, my former club.”
“I know him. I also know his character so I hope he can have a contribution to our selection and I have confidence he can give that.”
Van Gaal, who also has Danish keeper Anders Lindegaard on the books, added in an interview with MUTV: “I was trainer-coach, manager of AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands. I picked him up when he was 19 and he was a great talent. We became champions with him, with a minor club, and in the Netherlands it was a fantastic result of course.”
“I know him very well and I think in our situation, if De Gea is going or not going, it is always a threat and we have to take care, make sure that we are prepared and that is why I think it is very good that Sergio Romero is now a Manchester United player.”
Asked about Romero’s qualities, he said: “He is a goalkeeper and he stops the balls, and that is also his position, but he can also build up with his feet and that is, in our profile, very important, but also his stature is very good — he is tall.”
“In the Netherlands he dominates the 60-metre area and I don’t know if he can do that in England, because it is a little bit different, but he is physically strong and he has confidence in himself, which is also very good I believe.”
Romero was part of the Argentina side that eliminated Van Gaal’s Netherlands in a penalty shootout in the 2014 World Cup, and said: “He did very well in the World Cup against us because he stopped the decisive penalties.”