Manchester United’s FA Cup campaign gets underway later today, when the Red Devils host Championship side Derby County at Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho has already given us some early team news for the eagerly anticipated encounter, when he confirmed that Sergio Romero would start in goal, allowing David de Gea some well-earned rest.
“I’m going to play this match like a Premier League match and I’m going to play Romero because Romero is a top, top goalkeeper and he deserves to play and David deserves a rest,” he told reporters, as per FourFourTwo.
“Romero is going to be Argentina’s goalkeeper in the World Cup in a few months, so for all that Romero means to us Romero plays and apart from that I am going to play with a team I consider a very strong team.”
Romero is a fantastic goalkeeper in his own right, and he could well start for half of the teams in the Premier League. Playing back-up to someone like De Gea is never going to be easy, but credit to the Argentine, because he’s always worked hard and when he plays, he puts a real shift in.
Like Mourinho alludes to, we’re in a World Cup year and Romero will be desperate to play for his country in Russia over the summer, this is an opportunity for the goalkeeper to stake a claim to his international manager.
Make no mistake, Derby County are an excellent team, particularly when attacking, so Romero will have to be alert throughout this one, but when called upon, I expect him to come up with the goods and propel us to a victory.