How Sergio Romero Found Out About Omission From Man Utd’s Premier League Squad

Sergio Romero
Romero for United vs Club Brugge in the Europa League last season | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero is understood to have found out about his omission from the club’s 25-man Premier League squad through social media.

The 33-year-old has been a reliable backup to David de Gea during his five years with the club, but the return of Dean Henderson after an impressive loan spell at Sheffield United – and the presence of Lee Grant – has relegated Romero to fourth choice.

It’s an almost incomprehensible fall from grace for Romero, who has kept 39 clean sheets in the 61 games that he’s played for United in all competitions.

His relationship with the club has soured and deteriorated quickly though, after he was refused the opportunity to join surprise Premier League frontrunners Everton over the summer. That led to his wife hitting out at the club on social media, claiming her husband had been treated unfairly.

“He helped the team reach four finals/semi-finals and then was left on the bench only to lose them all,” Romero’s wife wrote on Instagram. ““It is time for them to return the opportunity and let him go. RESPECT FOR ONCE!!!”

Now, ESPN’s Rob Dawson says that using social media was how Romero found out that he hadn’t been included in United’s Premier League squad – having already been left out of Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s Champions League party.

That means Romero is only eligible to play in the Carabao Cup between now and January, and that opportunity will almost certainly be afforded to Henderson instead.

Last season, Romero played in all but two games of United’s run to the Europa League semi-finals, including their 3-1 quarter-final triumph over FC Copenhagen. But he was dropped for the clash with Sevilla – with Solskjaer opting to restore De Gea to the side – and that decision is thought to have left him ‘heartbroken’ and keen to seek a move away.

Sergio Romero, David De Gea
Romero is now as low as fourth choice for United | Visionhaus/Getty Images

United went on to lose the game 2-1, with Sevilla eventually beating Inter in the final. As for Romero, he’s likely played his last game for the Red Devils and must now bide his time to see if he’ll be a granted a winter move away.


Man Utd Announce Latest Financial Figures Highlighting Impact of Coronavirus Crisis

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Man Utd have been financially hit by the coronavirus crisis | Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images

Manchester United have revealed the club suffered a 19% drop in revenue for the 2019/20 season from £627.1m in 2018/19 down to £509m, highlighting the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The club recorded an operating profit of just £5.2m, down from £50m the previous season, and an overall net loss of £23.2m, compared to a net profit of £18.9m for 2018/19.

Net debt stands at £474.1m, more than double the £203.6m it was 12 months ago.

Man Utd lost out on close to 20% of expected income in 2019/20 | OLI SCARFF/Getty Images

The very beginnings of the impact of the crisis had already been seen in the financial figures for the three months ending 31 March 2020, when the club first confirmed a drop in revenue and loss.

The financial figures for the three months ending 30 June 2020 covers a period of time during which professional football in England was largely locked down. ‘Project Restart’ only began towards the end of June and clubs all over the country saw gaping holes emerge in their revenue streams.

As well as games being postponed, United also struggled with the forced closure of its Megastore, museum and tour operations and Red Café. But while commercial revenue from various partnerships has remained healthy overall, broadcasting and matchday incomes have been hit hard.

“Our focus remains on protecting the health of our colleagues, fans and community while adapting to the significant economic ramifications of the pandemic. Within that context, our top priority is to get fans back into the stadium safely and as soon as possible,” Ed Woodward said.

Ed Woodward
Ed Woodward says safely re-opening stadiums is a priority | Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

“We are also committed to playing a constructive role in helping the wider football pyramid through this period of adversity, while exploring options for making the English game stronger and more sustainable in the long-term.

“This requires strategic vision and leadership from all stakeholders, and we look forward to helping drive forward that process in a timely manner.

“On the pitch, we have strengthened the team over the summer and we remain committed to our objective of winning trophies, playing entertaining, attacking football with a blend of academy graduates and high-quality recruits, while carefully managing our resources to protect the long-term resilience of the club.”

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England to Play Republic of Ireland in International Friendly

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England will face the Republic of Ireland in a friendly in November | Robin Jones/Getty Images

It has been announced that the England national team will take on the Republic of Ireland in a friendly match on November 12, after New Zealand pulled out of the previously arranged tie due to fears over the coronavirus outbreak.

The Three Lions were set to face the All Whites prior to their Nations League double header with Belgium and Iceland. Their opponents withdrew from the match however, citing concerns over the possible spreading of the coronavirus as their motive not to travel to the United Kingdom.

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Kane on the charge | Robin Jones/Getty Images

And journalist Matthew Nash has confirmed that the England Football Association has agreed to play a friendly against the Republic of Ireland in its place on November 12, as both teams prepare for their respective duties in the Nations League.

The contest will take place at Wembley Stadium, adding another fixture to a hectic international schedule.

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate will once again use this time to find the right balance and team selection for the upcoming Euro 2020, having tinkered with his lineup in their victory over Belgium and subsequent defeat to Denmark.

Time is running out for the England coach to decide upon his strongest side, but his progress is being hindered by players suffering injuries or being forced to isolate due to coronavirus related issues.

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Southgate is running out of time to find his best starting lineup | Robin Jones/Getty Images

Stephen Kenny’s men will complete their group stage fixtures with a trip to Wales, before entertaining Bulgaria on match day six. Ireland have only picked up two points from their first four matches of the Nations League, and will be keen to avoid finishing bottom of their mini-league.

The Boys in Green will be desperate to bounce back in positive fashion, following their heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat to Slovakia in the last round of international fixtures, a result which ended their dreams of qualifying for the rearranged summer tournament.


Zinedine Zidane Confirms Eden Hazard’s Injury Is ‘Worse Than Expected’

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Hazard is still yet to play for Madrid this campaign | Pool/Getty Images

Zinedine Zidane has admitted that Real Madrid will have to make do without Eden Hazard for longer than first anticipated.

Since leaving Chelsea for the Spanish capital last summer, Hazard has made only 22 appearances in all competitions for Real Madrid and is yet to feature this season.

The latest setback means the 29-year-old might have to wait until after the November international break before playing again, despite Zidane’s initial hope that he’d be available much sooner.

Zidane will be without Hazard until late November
Zidane will be without Hazard until late November | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Speaking ahead of Real’s Champions League opener at home to Shakhtar Donetsk, Zidane said (quoted by Marca): “His injury was more than expected, but he has already stepped out onto the field.

“I fully trust the people who work with him and I hope that soon we can see Hazard forever. We want him to come in and be with us all season.”

Hazard, who is a former PFA Player of the Year, made the switch to the Santiago Bernabeu last summer after years of speculation about his future. The deal could end up costing Real Madrid £150m in total, subject to bonus payments and performance related add-ons.

But the Belgian has been unable to settle in Madrid, owing to a number of injury problems. There have also been concerns over his weight, but his latest problem is confirmed to be a muscular issue in his right leg.

Hazard has yet to live up to the billing
Hazard has yet to live up to the billing | Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

In a short statement, Real Madrid wrote: “Following tests carried out today on our player, Eden Hazard, by Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with a muscle injury in his right leg and his recovery will continue to be assessed.”

Hazard has already spent over 200 days on Real Madrid’s treatment table, missing more than 30 games – which accounts for over half the time he’s been unavailable throughout his entire career. As well as missing the game with Shakhtar, Hazard is unlikely to feature against Monchengladbach, Inter and Valencia, as well as missing the first Clasico of the campaign.


Lionel Messi Breaks Yet Another Champions League Record – Because of Course He Does

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Messi broke another record in the first Champions League match of the season | Alex Caparros/Getty Images

The man may not be too chuffed at the moment, but even at his most miserable, Lionel Messi can’t help but break records.

The 33-year-old endured a turbulent summer and even looked set to leave Catalan giants Barcelona after growing disenchanted with the club which helped put him on the map over 15 years ago. He stayed put though, and has rejoined the group as they usher in the new Ronald Koeman era.

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Looking typically moody | Alex Caparros/Getty Images

And he blessed their return to Champions League action with another record-breaking display. Messi broke the deadlock in the opening group match of the competition against Ferencvaros from the penalty spot, and in doing so became the first player to score in 16 consecutive Champions League campaigns.

In reaching this impressive feat, the Argentinian superstar has also become only the second player to score in 16 separate campaigns, joining Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs in this particular hall of fame.

The Welshman did not achieve these figures in successive competitions though, meaning Messi stands alone at the top of this particular Champions league record. The Barça star began his scoring mission back in the 2005/06 season, in a 5-0 hammering of Panathinaikos in November.

Since that moment, he has gone on to win four Champions League trophies, scoring 114 goals in that time.

It appeared that Messi would not get the opportunity to break this record in Catalonia over the summer, after la Blaugrana suffered a humiliating 8-2 defeat to eventual winners Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.

This was the final straw for the forward, who demanded to leave the club. He was forced to stay and see out the rest of his contract however, meaning he remains in the famous blue and red jersey – for now.

The Barcelona legend helped his side on their way to a 5-1 victory on Tuesday night, with youngsters Ansu Fati and Pedri also getting on the scoresheet. The more experienced Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele added to the scoreline, although the result was tainted by Gerard Pique conceding a penalty and receiving a red card, meaning he’ll miss their next European clash with Juventus.