Sergio Romero will play his first game of 2017/18 against Real Salt Lake, fresh from signing a long-term contract at the club he has grown to love since joining two years ago.
The Argentina international became a Red in the summer of 2015 but undoubtedly experienced his best season in the campaign just gone, after registering 18 appearances and playing a crucial role in winning the UEFA Europa League by making 12 starts in that competition alone (including the final).
It was announced on Sunday that Romero has inked a new four-year deal that will keep him at United until 2021, and the personable 30-year-old is delighted and proud to have signed.
“I am very happy because when I started with the club, I quickly realised it is fantastic and it is the biggest club in the world,” the goalkeeper told MUTV. “I am really happy to prolong my career here.
“I think the last year was a fantastic time for us,” Sergio continued. “We won the Europa League, I played a lot of games for the team and my expectation for this year is to continue in this direction for helping the group. The manager has given me a lot of confidence and for me it is very good. It would be very nice to stay at Manchester United for a long time.”
Jose Mourinho has three excellent goalkeepers at his disposal in first-choice stopper David De Gea, the impressively dependable Romero and highly-rated Portuguese youngster Joel Pereira.
Witnessing them training together at the UCLA facility in Los Angeles this week only emphasises how close a unit the trio are, and Romero insists that dynamic is crucial to all of their success.
“I have two fantastic goalkeepers with me. Every day we can improve and improve and improve for ourselves. We are three, with Joel and David, and that is very important for the group, not only me.”
Expanding further on the squad’s spirit and togetherness, Sergio said: “For me when you have players in the group like Pogba, Lukaku, Mata or Herrera. It is very important in the training for confidence.
“You can improve, I can make myself better for every match and every day. It is a fantastic group. The harmony is fantastic and we have a lot of confidence for this season.”
The match against Real Salt Lake will kick off at 20:00 local time on Monday night and 03:00 BST on Tuesday morning. It is the second outing of Tour 2017, presented by Aon, as the Reds ramp up preparations for the much-anticipated campaign, which offers the chance of further glory.
“You can see the weather is fantastic here,” Romero told us. “We have good training session, it is fantastic, we work a lot, we work hard and it is important for the rest of the year. We have four or five competitions and Manchester United has to finish in the best positions.”
After completing his entire MUTV interview in near-perfect English, having taken lessons for the last two season, Romero then showed his class and humility with this closing statement.
“Thank you very much,” he said down the lens to watching supporters. “And sorry for my English.”
Adnan Januzaj has completed a transfer from Manchester United to Real Sociedad.
The Academy graduate and Belgium international has signed with the side who finished sixth in La Liga last season, bringing an end to a Reds career that consisted of 66 senior appearances and five goals.
Januzaj made his United debut in the FA Community Shield win over Wigan Athletic in August 2013 and established himself as an excellent prospect that season, famously scoring a brace at Sunderland under the management of David Moyes – who is coincidentally a former boss of Real Sociedad.
Opportunities proved hard to come by during Louis van Gaal’s first season at Old Trafford and that led to a loan spell at Borussia Dortmund in 2015/16, the Dutchman’s second campaign with United.
Jose Mourinho allowed Adnan to spend last season on loan at Sunderland and now the 22-year-old forward has taken the tough decision to leave United and make the move San Sebastian.
Using his personal Twitter account on Wednesday, Januzaj posted this statement: “Where to start… I’ve had some incredible moments with Manchester United since I joined. I want to say a massive thank you to all my team-mates that have come and gone from the club. It’s been a pleasure to play with you all.
“Thank you to some of the coaches and staff that work at Manchester United to make it such a great club! Unfortunately, my time at the club has come to an end and it didn’t go the way I wanted it to go but I will aways have love for Manchester United. And finally, a huge thank you to the fans that have stuck by me through the good and bad times! I will never forget that positive support. Thank you #GGMU.”
Everybody at Manchester United wishes Adnan well for the next chapter of his career.
Manchester United is delighted to announce the signing of Romelu Lukaku from Everton on a five-year contract, with an option to extend for a further year.
The 24-year-old Belgian international striker will join the team in LA ahead of pre-season training.
Jose Mourinho said:
“Romelu is a natural fit for Manchester United. He is a big personality and a big player. It is only natural that he wants to develop his career at the biggest club. He will be a great addition to the group and I know they will make him very welcome. I am really looking forward to working with him again.”
Romelu Lukaku said:
“I would like to start by thanking Everton and the fans for the last four wonderful seasons, I have made some special friends and we have shared some amazing moments. However, when Manchester United and Jose Mourinho come knocking at the door it is an opportunity of a lifetime and one that I could not turn down.
“You could see the fight, determination and the spirit in this team during the Europa League final and I want to become a part of that. I cannot wait to run out at Old Trafford in front of 75,000 fans but before that pre-season is where the hard work starts and I am looking forward to that first training session.”
Wayne Rooney is to rejoin Everton, 13 years after signing for the Reds from the Merseyside team.
Jose Mourinho said, “It is no secret that I have long been an admirer of Wayne; he has been a model professional throughout his time at the club and will remain in the history books for many years to come.
“It is never easy to see a great player playing less football than he would like and I could not stand in his way when he asked to go back to Everton. His experience, focus and determination will be missed and I wish him well for the future.”
Ed Woodward said, “Wayne has been a fantastic servant to United since the moment he signed for us as a prodigiously talented, explosive teenager some 13 seasons ago.
“Who can forget his storybook debut hat trick against Fenerbahce, the spectacular overhead kick against City and the countless match-winning performances in his time here? But after much discussion, the club has decided to accept his request to rejoin his boyhood team.
“He goes having created some of the most magical moments in some of the most successful years in the club’s history. Wayne leaves us as our greatest ever goalscorer and having won every major trophy in the game. His record will take decades for anyone to get close to matching and I am extremely grateful for the way he has led from the front since being appointed club captain three years ago.
“On behalf of the whole club and our hundreds of millions of fans around the world, we wish Wayne all the very best for the next phase of his incredible career.”