It’s about the only positive Man United can take from a wretched night in Denmark.
In the shambolic 2-1 Europa League Round of 32 first leg defeat to FC Midtjylland in Herning, very few of the Man United players (or the manager for that matter) can come away from that with any sort of credit.
For goalkeeper Sergio Romeo, however, it is a different story.
UEFA have recognised Romero’s contribution to Thursday night’s match by naming the shot stopper in their official Team of the Week for this round of fixtures, along with Midtjylland defender Kian Hansen.
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) February 19, 2016
The 28-year-old Agrentina international was only drafted in as a last-minute replacement for injured first-choice David De Gea, but quickly dismissed any notion of rustiness with several top-level saves to keep Man United in the game at important stages of the tie.
Despite Romero’s heroics, the rest of the team were not up to the same standard – which is a shame as saves like this one should never be in vain:
With the extent of De Gea’s injury not yet known, Romero may be called upon to deputise in Monday night’s FA Cup encounter with Shrewsbury, as well as the return leg of this Europa League tie and the massive Premier League clash with Arsenal next weekend.
If Romero can keep up this level of performance, then that are of the pitch will not be an issue at least.
As an aside, statistics website whoscored.com saw fit to name Memphis Depay in their own unofficial team of the week.
Make of that what you will…
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) February 19, 2016