Romero: We'll give everything we've got against Wolves
Sergio Romero believes Manchester United's confidence away from home can drive them through to the Emirates FA Cup semi-finals.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team travel to Molineux to face Wolves on Saturday, and Romero – who has started in each round of the competition – is adamant that high-profile wins in the preceding rounds have given the side huge faith.
"We had difficult games away at Arsenal and Chelsea but we managed to perform well in those games," says the Argentinean international. "We know it’s another difficult trip down to Wolves but we’re confident and we know this trophy is very important for us.
“We want to be involved in the very last day that this competition is taking place, ie. get to the final and give ourselves the chance to lift a trophy and make everyone at the club and of course our fans very happy.”
The 32-year-old drew huge acclaim after a nerveless display at Stamford Bridge in the last round, which led many fans to marvel at his ability to step in and instantly perform at such a high level.
"My way of operating and working is always keeping in my mind and thinking hard about how best I can help my team-mates and bring something to the squad of players and the club. The FA Cup provides that opportunity for me. Obviously David [De Gea] has been playing superbly but I know that in some cup competitions and particularly this one, the FA Cup, I’ve been getting my chance.
“I always give 100 per cent, irrespective of whether I might be playing at the end of the week or not, I give everything in training to be able to be ready and to make the decision hard for the manager. I work hard to try to make sure I can be in goal for the next particular game when I’m needed. Obviously in the FA Cup things have gone well and I’ve managed to perform.”
As for the change in the team's fortunes since Solskjaer's arrival, Romero attributes positivity and a sense of responsibility on the part of the players.
"We knew we had our own responsibilities to help change things around and I think that first match, the big 5-1 victory away at Cardiff, was very important. It worked wonders in the sense that it helped us to change our attitude, and showed us we can be confident in our style of play and that we could move forward and show that this is the real United.
“There was a lot of positivity around the camp and there was a surge in confidence from that day. It’s taken us a long way and you saw how we performed in Paris – the fact that we could go to one of the most difficult venues in the world of football and come away with a massively positive result shows just how far we’ve come."
But while Wolves might not be a name feared by supporters in the same way as Chelsea and Arsenal, Romero acknowleges that there is huge respect for what Nuno Espirito Santo's side have done following their promotion to the top flight.
"We’re really excited about the game ahead of us, it’s a really important game against a team that have done really well this season," he admits. "They’re a top side with some really good players and their style of play means they have adapted really well to the Premier League; their style suits this league. So it’s a big challenge but we’re prepared and confident. We’ve been working well in training and we’ve been playing well recently and hopefully we can get the right result.
“It’s a really exciting period coming up. We’re battling on all fronts. We’re battling for the top four but if we can make the top three that would be even better. The draw is just around the corner for the Champions League and we can’t wait to find out who we’ll play. And the FA Cup is a really important trophy and it’s a massive match coming up this Saturday at Wolves, but we’ll go there and give everything we’ve got. We’ll have our travelling supporters behind us and it’s all about trying to progress in this fantastic competition.”
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