Sergio Romero vs Hugo Lloris? Did Manchester United sign the better goalkeeper?

Hugo Lloris Euro 2012 Penalty

A look at how new Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero's performances at the 2014 World Cup compared to Tottenham stopper Hugo Lloris.

Sergio Romero has become Manchester United's fifth signing of the summer - with his role at the club as yet undefined.

While he is expected to replace Victor Valdes as a back-up to David de Gea in goal, there remains the possibility the club's number one is sold to Real Madrid, and Romero lines up for the season opener.

His opposite number is likely to be Hugo Lloris, with United hosting Spurs, and the Frenchman was even suggested himself as a lead candidate to replace De Gea this summer by SkySports.

With the two goalkeepers yet to play in the same division during the course of their careers, we took a look at statistics from the competition both Romero and Lloris did feature in, the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Romero's Argentina were beaten finalists, knocking out Louis van Gaal's Holland along the way, and Lloris' France reaching the quarter-finals, losing to Germany. 

Here is a look at how they compared...

  TeamSaves per gameCrosses claimed per gameGoals Conceded per gameAccurate Goal Kicks per gameError Leading To GoalsAppearances
Sergio Romero Argentina 2.86 0.29 0.57 5 1 7
Hugo Lloris France 1.8 0.8 0.6 4.6 0 5

Takeaways

While a very small sample size, a few positive and negative traits regarding Romero are highlighted.

His shot stopping ability shines through, conceding fewer goals per game than Hugo Lloris, and contributing directly to this, making 2.86 saves per game as opposed to 1.8.

Lloris is more comfortable dealing with crosses, a much needed trait to succeed in England, and time will tell if Romero is able to adapt accordingly.

Romero also made one error costing his nation a goal, unlike Lloris' faultless performances, which is not a something United fans would accept easily.

On a free transfer, Romero looks to be an astute addition, while Lloris would have cost £30 million plus. On that basis United can feel they have got superb value for money, but whether they have ultimately signed a better goalkeeper remains to be proven.

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