Scholes ‘confident’ now Henderson has ‘taken over’ at Man Utd

Joe Williams
Paul Scholes Man Utd

Paul Scholes thinks England international Dean Henderson has “taken over” from David de Gea as Manchester United number one.

Henderson has recently had a run of games in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side with De Gea given leave due to the birth of his first child.

The Spaniard was back on the bench for the Red Devils’ 1-0 victory over Milan on Thursday night and it will be interesting to see if Henderson now keeps his place for their FA Cup quarter-final against Leicester City on Sunday.

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Scholes thinks Henderson is now in the position to hang onto the number one shirt at Old Trafford and the former United midfielder reckons he has “taken over” from De Gea.

Scholes told BT Sport: “I think it’s Henderson now. I think he’s taken over.

“I thought David had been lucky after the Everton game to keep his place. He made a couple of mistakes where he could’ve done better.

“Not glaringly obvious mistakes, but I just feel a bit more confident with Henderson there. It seems a little bit more relaxed.

“I don’t want to have a go at David, David has been an amazing keeper for United, he’s been brilliant and he still will be if Dean doesn’t take his chance.

“I just think the time has come to give him a run of games in the team and see how he does. He’s been picked in the England squad, and I think he possibly should be the No.1 for England as well if he can maintain this form.

“He made a mistake in the first game, we know that, but he’s shown great character to come back. Again, he’s been really calm tonight, done everything he needed to do and just been quite safe.”


Henderson’s former manager at Grimsby Town, Paul Hurst, recently declared the goalkeeper as ready to take over from De Gea.

Hurst told talkSPORT: “He genuinely believes he can have an incredible impact on the team that he is part of.

“It’s the way he helped Shrewsbury and then Sheffield United. There is something with Dean that is hard to describe. There is an incredible self-belief, but it rubs off on other people and his teammates.

“When players went through on goal, you were disappointed if he didn’t save it. He gave you that confidence and belief that it would take something special to beat him.

“If Dean made some of the mistakes De Gea has made, the comment would be it shows he’s not quite ready. One hundred per cent, Dean is ready to take over from De Gea.

“That’s not to say there might not be a mistake or dip in form, but he has a presence about him. He will back himself and be confident that he can do the job for Man United.

“If he doesn’t get to be No.1 very, very soon, it wouldn’t surprise me if he was looking to go elsewhere because lots of footballers want to play, but one, he has the ability and two, he has a stronger desire to play than other footballers.”