Man Utd: Should Henderson start over De Gea?
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has decided he will stick with one goalkeeper for the remainder of the season, according to reports. Dean Henderson has started the last six matches in all competitions for the Red Devils. The England international was handed the chance after David de Gea returned to Spain for the birth of his first child.
De Gea has been the preferred choice in the Premier League this season.
The Spaniard has started 24 of United’s 29 league matches so far.
However, Henderson will be hoping he has done enough in recent weeks to prove he deserves an extended shot as the No 1.
The United academy graduate signed a new long-term contract last year after returning from two years on loan at Sheffield United.
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Henderson stated his desire was to be the first choice for both club and country.
United have eight league games remaining this season and are also in the quarter-final of the Europa League.
And the Telegraph say Solskjaer will pick one goalkeeper to play all those matches.
However, the report does not disclose which stopper the Norwegian will go with.
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Solskjaer has publicly stood by De Gea despite a number of high-profile errors during his reign as manager.
Speaking in mid March, Solskjaer said people were wrong to write De Gea off.
“You know, David has been here for ten years and he has been absolutely brilliant for us,” Solskjaer said.
“He has pulled off save after save, season after season, at the highest level.
“I’m not blind, I have seen the last couple of weeks, with people writing David off.
“But that is wrong — David is a top, top goalkeeper.”
But Henderson’s form could change the mind of the former United striker.
At 24, Solskjaer still believes there is more to come from Henderson and is pleased to have two goalkeepers of that quality to choose from.
He added: “Dean is learning, he is getting better and better, he’s improving and there is no such thing as an undisputed No 1 here. You have got to perform.
“It’s a great position for me to be in.”
United’s next Premier League match is at home to Brighton on Sunday.
They then play away at Granada in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final next Thursday.
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