Man Utd role ‘up for grabs’ despite starring display

Date published: Monday 20th September 2021 3:59 - James Holland

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Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains ‘undecided’ over his number one, according to a report.

The Norwegian manager has started David De Gea in every game so far this campaign.

That includes their five-match unbeaten run in the Premier League and the recent Champions League defeat to Young Boys.

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According to ESPN, the first-choice spot is still ‘up for grabs’ as Englishman Dean Henderson looks to usurp De Gea.

That is despite the 30-year-old’s excellent display against West Ham, during which he saved a stoppage-time penalty from Mark Noble.

The report claims that Solskjaer has been impressed with the way De Gea has been training in recent months.

As a result, he has rewarded the Spain international with a consistent run of matches.

However, Henderson has been encouraged that there is a role for him to play this term. He could end up turning things around if he impresses during his first few appearances.

De Gea will be rested in the Carabao Cup tie against West Ham on Wednesday evening.

That means either Henderson or 35-year-old Tom Heaton will be selected in goal.

Former Man Utd player Lee Sharpe gave his verdict on the keeper battle last month.

He told Metro: “They have an incredible depth of goalkeepers at Old Trafford but I still think De Gea is one of the world’s best. Yes, he’s had a couple of dodgy spells but I think every goalkeeper goes through that.

“I would still trust him to play any game that Ole picks him but I still think the other two goalkeepers will keep him on his toes.

“I think we’ve seen that Henderson is a top drawer keeper and well worthy of a No.1 spot. Ole would be getting paid the big money to make the big decisions. They are tough decisions because you don’t want to upset any of them and want to keep the confidence.”

De Gea was signed from Atletico Madrid ten years ago for an initial £18.9m. He has gone on to make 447 appearances in all competitions, keeping 156 clean sheets.

Henderson, meanwhile, is an academy graduate who excelled during a two-year loan spell at Sheffield United.

He returned to Old Trafford in August last year and played 26 times in 2020-21, keeping 13 clean sheets.


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