2018-19 Season Ending Player Review: Sergio Romero And Luke Shaw

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 11: Sergio Romero of Manchester United looks on during the UEFA Europa League, semi final second leg match, between Manchester United and Celta Vigo at Old Trafford on May 11, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Appearances across all competitions

Luke Shaw: He made 40 appearances in all competitions this last season, being one of the Man United players with the most time spent on pitch. Shaw played 29 Premier League matches, which accumulated him 2592 minutes, whilst he also added eight Champions League matches and three FA Cup matches. With over 3500 minutes on the pitch, this was a very reassuring season for Luke Shaw, not only because he was Man United’s most consistent performer across the campaign, but also because he finally got to have a really good season with a lot of time spent on the pitch. After so many injuries in the past, this was what he needed and it is nice that he also got the chance to score once – on the opening day of Premier League season – and add five assists.

Sergio Romero: Well, Sergio did not get much playing time this season, as it was expected. He did not get the chance to feature in the Premier League, but he played six matches in all competitions – four in FA Cup, one in Champions League and one in League Cup. He conceded six goals altogether and had two clean-sheets.

Did he perform above or below the expectations?

Luke Shaw: He definitely played above expectations. Not that we did not know Luke Shaw could play at a very high level, but this time he managed to do that across the whole season and perform as Man United’s player of the season. It was not something you would describe world-class week in-week out, but he was putting good performances from August to May and that is something that definitely deserves praise.

Sergio Romero: I think the fair decision here would be – neither below, nor above expectations. This was, simply put, something we expected of Romero when the season started. He was getting opportunities in cup competitions and missing out on Premier League matches. He did just fine in those games he was in goal and that was it.

Will he be a part of Manchester United during the 2019-20 season?

Luke Shaw: Yes, Luke Shaw will be part of Manchester United during the 2019-20 season and he will be – again – one of the players with the most minutes on the pitch. He will be one of the most important players, not only because of his potential to grow in the next 12 months, but also because of the fact there will not be many other options at left-back. Ashley Young could be one of them, but it is easy to say that is not an ideal solution for a potential problem.

Sergio Romero: Probably. There are still no indications that Sergio Romero will try and find a new club where he could finally play regularly and become the number one goalkeeper in his team, but for now, it looks like the Argentine will be staying. He obviously did not get to play much, but it is expected that him and David De Gea will continue being the best goalkeeping partnership in the Premier League.

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