United May Consider Replacing David De Gea With Dean Henderson

Dean Henderson warms up before the match.

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There was a time, not too many seasons ago when David De Gea was the undisputed best goalkeeper in world football.

That precise level of form had launched persistent interest from the likes of Real Madrid, with the deal even close to being completed on one occasion, if not for the infamous fax machine blunder.

His future at Old Trafford did seem to be up in the air until recently when the shotstopper signed a fresh long-term contract with a bumper wage deal.

However, with time the keeper has lost his charm and if anything his more recent blunders have been outright awful.

On no less than seven separate occasions this campaign, De Gea has been the source of direct errors leading to a goal, a joint-worst tally in the Premier League.

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According to the Daily Mail, this degree of poor performance has led to quite a few rumbles at Old Trafford as to the Spaniard’s future. It is understood that the Mancunian outfit will assess their goalkeeping options in the near future and will make some key decisions.

The obvious one to ensure is that on-loan Dean Henderson is not attracted to some other outfit, with a fresh deal and another possible season on loan looking like the likely path forward for the Sheffield United keeper who has already surpassed De Gea this season in cleansheets and is in the running for the top mark even there.

Representatives of Henderson are expected to be met later this month regarding the same. It is still not clear whether or not De Gea will be replaced immediately, especially since the long-term contract will pose a considerable hurdle.