With little more than pride to play for last night, Southampton vs Manchester United was a particularly dry and low key affair, eventually ending in a scoreless draw at St. Mary’s.
During such occasions, it’s often hard to pick out a Man of the Match, but the Red Devils do have one player to thank for them taking a point away from home – goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
There is a growing feeling David De Gea may have played his last game for the club. The Argentine has been United’s goalkeeper in the Europa League and Jose Mourinho appears to be using his final few Premier League fixtures as warm-ups for Romero ahead of the campaign-defining clash in Stockholm.
Some might question why Mourinho would pick Romero over arguably the best shot-stopper in world football, but the South American showed against Southampton that he’s more than ready for the challenge.
Indeed, the first few minutes hinted at an impenetrable evening from the 30-year-old as he produced a fine save to deny Manolo Gabbiadini from the penalty spot and that proved to be the case, Romero pulling off a further six saves as Saints dominated possession and produced 17 attempts at goal.
He also made two clearances, collected two crosses and recorded a 70% passing accuracy – De Gea, meanwhile, didn’t even get a spot on the bench. Romero looks ready for some cup-final heroics – particularly if it comes down to a penalty shootout – and should the Spaniard leave for Real Madrid as highly speculated, Mourinho may well already have a ready-made replacement at his disposal.