Sergio Romero reckons he came to Manchester United as an unknown.
And he thanked manager Jose Mourinho for giving him the confidence, and a chance to make a name for himself in the Europa League final .
Mourinho will keep faith with Argentina international Romero for the biggest game of the club’s season — the showpiece against Dutch giants Ajax on Wednesday night — ahead of their recognised No1 David De Gea.
It might be a big call from Mourinho, but he feels Romero has earned the right to start the match in Stockholm.
De Gea and Romero shared the goalkeeping duties equally during United’s six-game group stage, but the latter has played in each of their eight knockout ties and will now have United hopes of winning the trophy and qualifying for next season’s Champions League in his hands.
It easy to forget his experience and calibre which suggests Mourinho isn’t making as a big a gamble as it might see.
The 30 year-old has 87 caps for his country – making him the most-capped keeper in Argentina’s history – and has played in the 2014 World Cup final and two Copa America finals, He also won Olympic gold in Beijing nine years ago.
On Wednesday night, he saved a penalty from Manolo Gabbiadini — a former Sampdoria team-mate — and kept his 11th clean sheet of the season in the bore draw at Southampton.
Those shutouts have come in just 17 appearances under new boss Mourinho — which is seven more games than he played for the man who actually signed him on a free in July 2015, Louis van Gaal.
Romero said: “For me, the final is very important.
“I arrived here in the last year, free, nobody knew me.
“Now with the confidence that Jose gives me and the confidence the players give me and the confidence I have this is very important and I will try and do my best for all, for the team.
“The final will be special for the year, for the club. The most important is the club and the fans and we will go there in Stockholm to win.”
Team-mate Phil Jones said of Romero: “Whenever he has played this season, whenever he has been called upon he has been brilliant and he showed that again against Southampton and hopefully he can continue that for a long time at Manchester United.”