Man Utd star David de Gea scrapped key change introduced by Solskjaer’s coaching staff

Man Utd: Solskjaer discusses managerial pressure

David de Gea’s place between the sticks at Manchester United remains under threat but the Spaniard is still Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice goalkeeper as things stand. The Norwegian has been keen to shake things up this season and handed Henderson a number of appearances as the former Sheffield United loanee patiently waits for a run in the side.

De Gea is clearly not as strong as he once was, which is part of the reason Solskjaer decided to keep Henderson this term.

He is keen to play regularly and was open to the idea of leaving the club earlier this summer.

Chelsea were among those interested before the Blues eventually signed Edouard Mendy from Rennes.

Now he is bidding to establish himself as United’s No 1 but with opportunities sparse, the challenge remains difficult.

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De Gea has kept his place despite a number of questionable performances including the recent 3-2 defeat to RB Leipzig.

The former Atletico Madrid man was criticised for failing to prevent the crucial third goal scored by Justin Kluivert at the Red Bull Arena.

After lockdown earlier this year, Roy Keane famously laid into the United goalkeeper and claimed he was ‘flabbergasted’ by his first-half performance against Tottenham.

There may have been an explanation for his poor form at the back end of last season though.

According to The Independent, he worked with United’s goalkeeping staff to try and introduce a new shot-stopping technique.

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It was later decided that De Gea would revert back to his old style due to a lack of success.

While form has improved, he is still yet to assert his dominance between the posts.

At the end of November, De Gea was forced off against Southampton with a knee injury.

Former United striker Michael Owen thought it may be the perfect time to bring Henderson in but De Gea kept his place for the Champions League defeat to PSG.

“If you are thinking about changing the goalkeeper, this is the time,” the former Red Devils striker told Premier League TV.

“I don’t think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants confrontation, I don’t think he wants to drop him.

“But in this situation, all of a sudden, ‘hey, you went off injured and he has done nothing wrong’.

“It is the perfect opportunity. If he had any of those thoughts over the last few months when mistakes were made, now is your time.”

Solskjaer ignored Owen’s advice but Henderson was given a run out for United in the 3-1 win against West Ham a few days later.

He has since returned to the bench but there is some suggestion he could start against former club Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

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