Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to drop David de Gea and give Dean Henderson a run in the Man Utd team, according to Jamie Carragher.
Having spent loan spells at Stockport, Grimsby, Shrewsbury and Sheffield United, the 23-year-old has supplanted Sergio Romero as back-up to De Gea after impressing during two seasons with Sheffield United.
Henderson was rewarded with a new and improved contract upon returning to Man Utd in the summer, tying the academy graduate down until at least 2025.
The Cumbrian has since made 10 first-team appearances for United and last month admitted that “being sat on the bench is not something I want to do all the time, so that’s been the hardest bit”.
And Carragher thinks the Red Devils will need to invest in a new goalkeeper unless Henderson proves he is capable of being Man Utd number one, with De Gea not good enough.
“The next big thing Manchester United need to do is sort the goalkeeper out,” Carragher told Sky Sports. “David de Gea, right now, is not a goalkeeper to win the league. They have a really good understudy in Dean Henderson, but we don’t know if he’s Manchester United material.
“United aren’t going to win the league but I think they’re pretty safe for the top-four with the points they’ve got and how good they are.
“If I was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, I would put Dean Henderson in for 10 or 12 games now because they need to find out if he’s Manchester United’s number one for next season. If he plays and he’s not good enough, they need to buy a new goalkeeper in the summer.”
And Solskjaer admitted recently that Henderson, wbo has made 11 appearances in all competitions, is “not the most patient guy”.
“Well, Dean has played well whenever he’s got the chance, and he’s matured. For me, he’s developed his game,” Solskjaer said. “I know he’s not played as many games as he would have done last season, but you see every game when he plays, and in training, his improvement.
“He’s working hard on a couple of aspects that we’ve spoken about with him. I’ve been impressed with his attitude and work-rate.
“Of course, he’s, how do you say, he’s not the most patient guy! He wants to play every game because he knows that he’ll perform well, so long may it continue, because he’s improved since he’s come here.”