22-Year-Old Goalkeeper Confident Of Replacing David De Gea At United

Manchester United's David de Gea.

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Manchester United may have a goalkeeper conundrum on their hands soon. As their season went into its final weeks, a new problem presented itself to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and company as David De Gea made mistake after mistake.

The Spaniard has conceded 54 goals in the Premier League this season and has been a far cry from the world-class goalkeeper that he has been in recent times.

Further, the fact that he has now entered his final year of contract at United is also a point of worry. He is free to negotiate with overseas clubs from January but PSG is already believed to be on the sidelines, eager to pry him away in the summer itself.

M.E.N understand that loaned goalkeeper Dean Henderson, who has achieved promotion to the Premier League with Sheffield United is now fancying his chances. The 22-year-old England international is confident of becoming the Red Devils’ first choice keeper from next season.

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United are still mulling over the De Gea situation as the player himself has apparently requested time to reflect on his form and then make a decision on his future. The source reports that United prefer to keep him in the summer and then make a decision in January if any interest is shown.

Henderson, for his part, is eager for Premier League football and wouldn’t mind spending time with either of the United clubs.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, for his part, prefers to keep Henderson loaned at Sheffield during their first season in the League. There is a long-term advantage to that as the youngster could then replace the departing De Gea in 2020 with a year of top-flight experience under his belt.

However, even Henderson’s contract is due in 2020, although the club can choose to extend the deal by a year. Things look up for the youngster either way, as England too are poised to give him a strong chance at becoming the nation’s first choice goalkeeper ahead of the likes of Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland, and Angus Gunn.