manutd (source) :
Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero has echoed team-mate Juan Mata by insisting lessons must be learned from Saturday’s slip-up at Huddersfield Town as the Reds head to Swansea City tonight.
Jose Mourinho’s men go into the fourth-round Carabao Cup tie on the back of the team’s first Premier League defeat but Romero was in an optimistic mood ahead of the trip to South Wales while admitting the hosts must not be underestimated.
“Football is all about learning lessons,” the goalkeeper told MUTV. “You learn something from every game you play. You have to take the positives and the negatives from what we did on Saturday and keep looking towards the future.
“We all now need to have our heads and minds already focused on what we are going to do on Tuesday, which will be a very difficult game as well,” he added. “Swansea won’t be doing us any favours at all, just the opposite; they’ll be fighting hard to stay in this competition.
“We have to take a look inwardly at ourselves, understand the hard work that we have to put in and be aware of the quality of players that we have at the club. Above all, we have to understand what the manager explains to us to do tactically in this particular game, which is very important for us to keep progressing in this competition.
“We hope to bounce back with a victory which is the most important thing for team spirit, harmony and peace of mind and for our confidence.”
Of course, United have already won away at Swansea this season, registering a memorable 4-0 victory in the Premier League back in August. On that day the Reds were made to work hard in the first half, before a late flurry of goals added gloss to the scoreline, and Romero feels that playing as a team will be crucial on Tuesday night, as it was earlier in the campaign.
“I think that was another strange game looking back, in which we managed to win by a healthy margin but at first had been forced to dig in and get used to the pace of the game,” he said.
“It was strange in the sense that Swansea had enjoyed a few decent chances which they hadn’t managed to convert, but as the game went on, we were gradually able to impose ourselves more and more.
“I think we have to take this same approach on Tuesday, play together, play as a team, keep our solid shape and avoid getting split into two halves. If they manage to split us up into two, it could be a very difficult night.”
Romero has largely played second fiddle to David De Gea this term, due to the Spaniard’s exemplary form, which has yielded nine clean sheets in 12 Premier League and Champions League games. However, the 92-time Argentina international did start United’s previous Carabao Cup tie, the emphatic 4-1 win over Burton Albion at Old Trafford, and the consummate professional will be ready to play again if asked to do so at the Liberty Stadium.
“I still don’t know if I’m playing or not!” he revealed on Monday afternoon. “But I’m ready in case the manager says that I’m in the team to play. As I always say, I work hard to be ready for whenever the manager or my team-mates need me.
“Then all I have to do when I’m out on the pitch is to try to do my best, trying to help out when I’m required, and trying to make sure that no-one scores past me. That’s my job, isn’t it?”
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