Man Utd: Should Henderson start over De Gea?
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Manchester United star David De Gea is happy to stay at Old Trafford and fight for his place, according to reports. It’s previously been suggested he’ll look to leave the club in the wake of falling behind Dean Henderson in the pecking order. But no exit in this summer’s transfer window is currently on the cards.
De Gea has been United’s No 1 ever since replacing Edwin van der Sar back in the summer transfer window of 2011.
However, he now appears to be behind Henderson when it comes to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pecking order.
Henderson was selected over the Spain international for Sunday’s 2-1 win over Brighton, with goals from Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood giving the home side all three points.
And, in the aftermath of that decision, De Gea has been tipped to leave.
However, journalist Jonathan Shrager has claimed a source close to the shot-stopper has claimed he’s happy with the competition for places at Old Trafford.
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And he isn’t thinking about an exit ahead of the final stages of the season.
“#MUFC’s plan to give De Gea a payoff to leave in summer (as suggested in latest reports) has never been proposed to David by the club, a source close to the player tells me,” he said on Twitter.
“He doesn’t mind the competition and will vie for his place. He isn’t currently thinking beyond this summer.”
De Gea has been dropped in the past by United.
Anders Lindegaard was picked over him at times in the 2011/2012 season, with the Spain international struggling for confidence at the time.
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But De Gea bounced back from that setback to take the No 1 jersey back.
He was dropped for Sergio Romero at the start of the 2015/2016 season by Louis van Gaal, at a time when he wanted to join Real Madrid.
But Van Gaal restored him to his starting XI after he penned a contract extension.
Solskjaer insisted he was relaxed over the De Gea and Henderson situation, saying after the victory over Brighton: “With Dean and David’s situation, I know it’s something that will create headlines and [is] fish and chip wrapping paper in a little while.
“But I’ve got two great goalkeepers and it’s about now finding games both will play [in].
“Obviously not the same game, of course. But both of them deserve to play more than what they do and it’s a decision I have to make every time.”
Former United star Luke Chadwick thinks Solskjaer has taken a ‘risky’ step by dropping De Gea for Henderson.
“It’s always risky playing a young goalkeeper but Henderson’s shown the talent he’s got whilst on loan at Sheffield United,” he said.
“He’s done well this season, he’s made a few mistakes in a United shirt, as has De Gea and as has more of less every other goalkeeper in the Premier League.
“I think it’s probably the right decision.
“De Gea’s been a wonderful servant to United, but I think with a top young talent coming through, De Gea would block his pathway to a certain extent and I think Henderson would move on.
“But I think he’s got the potential to be United’s number one for the next ten seasons.
“I don’t think he’s the finished article by any stretch of the imagination, but I think he’s got a fantastic attitude and great confidence in himself.
“Long term I think he’ll be a fantastic goalkeeper for Man United and the England number one as well.”
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