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.
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.