Sergio Romero has revealed that the reason he plays in the no.20 shirt is because of crossed wires between himself and Louis van Gaal when he first joined the club.

The day I arrived in Manchester, there was a misunderstanding between myself and the manager, Louis van Gaal. He asked me what squad number I wanted, and I said 22. But he must have thought I’d said 21 because he told me if I wanted that number, I would have to go and speak with Ander Herrera. Anyway, it turned out Nick Powell had recently changed to 22, so I just said that no.20 would do fine. I had that same number during my first season with Sampdoria, so it was no problem at all for me.

Romero, like many players, has an usual habit with his kit on match days. He is very particular when it comes to his shorts.

“I’ve got a bit of an obsession with my shorts,” he said. “I like my goalkeeper shorts to be the same length as basketball shorts. They need to be well below the knee. A lot of the time, what I do is take two pairs of shorts and then cut and sew them together. It’s a fixation I’ve got, and it’s something I’ve done at each of my former clubs. I’ve always liked my shorts to be long and to completely cover my legs. Other than that, there’s nothing special.”

Romero was asked whether the kit man sews up his shorts. “No, my wife does it!”