Dean Henderson Could Challenge De Gea As Club’s First Choice Goalkeeper

Dean Henderson warms up before the match.

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Manchester United’s woes as a club have been on a seven-year-long spree. While it is often up-front that the Red Devils have been poor, despite investing large sums of money, as of recent it has been painfully obvious that the side is also struggling at the back.

In the Premier League alone, United have conceded 25 goals so far this campaign. While goalkeeper David De Gea cannot be blamed for all of them, there is absolutely no denying that his stock as a shotstopper has suffered this season.

This is in sharp contrast to his past years at the club wherein his individual efforts were often the key difference for United.

Now, the Spaniard may have to step up his game in the face of a young threat.

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According to the Athletic, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Dean Henderson to challenge David De Gea for the no.1 spot at Old Trafford.

It appears that the Norwegian gaffer is considering bringing the promising youth graduate to Old Trafford in the season to come after multiple years on loan, nearly all of them resulting in ace showings.

In fact, the youngster presently has better numbers than De Gea in the Premier League, having only conceded 21 goals for Sheffield United, 4 fewer than the Spaniard.

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It is unlikely that the player’s position is in that big of a threat given his long-contract and the fact that Henderson himself may not be too keen on a secondary role with United.

Further still, in Sergio Romero, the club already has a player who is arguably the world’s finest back-up goalkeeper, praise which he cemented with an outstanding save versus Wolves in the recent FA Cup draw.

Will De Gea be able to clean his act up in time or is the transition to the next goalkeeper upon Old Trafford?