Dean Henderson makes great saves during practice
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Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has been urged to quit the club at the earliest opportunity. Henderson has made just one first-team appearance this season, in United’s 1-0 loss to West Ham in the Carabao Cup in September. The England ace missed the start of the campaign after contracting COVID-19 and has seen David de Gea firmly take hold of the No 1 jersey.
Henderson made 26 appearances for United last term, so was given a fair crack of the whip from manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
But the Mail claim his lack of action this season has led the 24-year-old to consider his future.
Henderson is said to want to leave United if his game-time does not increase by next season.
European football expert Julien Laurens says the former Sheffield United loanee is right to want to leave.
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And, with Newcastle linked, Laurens has urged Henderson to get out as quickly as he can.
Speaking on the Gab and Juls podcast, he said: “Pack your stuff and go! Go, go, go my friend. Leave that club. You’re never going to play.
“David de Gea has gone back to his best, pretty much near his best, he still has a long contract. Henderson is not going to play there.
“So go somewhere else, get some minutes, you might be back with England as well. You’ve got to go.”
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United boss Solskjaer has previously stated he has two No 1s in De Gea and Henderson.
But the Norwegian’s former team-mate Peter Schmeichel claimed last month that was the wrong thing to do.
Schmeichel says goalkeepers perform best when they know they are the outright first-choice stopper.
“It wasn’t the greatest situation to create for himself when Ole announced that he had two number ones,” Schmeichel said on David Seaman’s podcast Seaman Says.
“For me, you cannot have a competition situation on your goalkeeping position. The one thing you don’t want your goalkeepers to do is to go out and prove how good they are.
“You want them to be steady, just do their job like David [Seaman] did, all the way throughout 20 years. Just absolutely rock solid, being trusted by everybody to do that job.
“We know, because we’ve been in that goal, that we are going to make mistakes that cost goals and mistakes that make us look silly.
“But if you have a competition situation and you make a mistake and you then know the other guy will get the chance then I can guarantee you will make the next mistake because your concentration is gone.
“That’s what goalkeeping is all about: concentration and being rock solid.”
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