Dean Henderson Will Seek To Leave If He Isn’t Named United’s First-Choice GK

Dean Henderson warms up before the match.

Reuters / Phil Noble

Allan Saint-Maximin’s half-volley into the roof of David de Gea’s net marked yet another fixture wherein Manchester United failed to keep a cleansheet. De Gea’s eight clean sheets in the Premier League is almost half of Ederson, who tops the list with 15 to his name.

The Spaniard wasn’t at fault for Newcastle United’s first-half equaliser, but he has left the field with fans feeling ‘he could’ve done more’ in far too many games this season.

Despite strings of underwhelming showings between the sticks, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been patient with his No.1. Nonetheless, his understudy, Dean Henderson, is reportedly starting to get restless.

The Englishman has only got the manager’s nod to start the game twice in the Premier League, with the rest of his United appearances arriving in domestic cup competitions and the Europa League. His single Champions League outing came against Istanbul Basaksehir.

Henderson was one of the Premier League’s best shot-stoppers last season, and surely didn’t expect just two starts in the first 25 league games when he returned from the Sheffield United loan stint.

Now, the M.E.N suggests that the 23-year-old will seek an exit from Old Trafford in the summer if he’s not given the No. 1 role ahead of De Gea.

Further, the likes of Tottenham, Chelsea, and West Ham are interested in his services, and the suitors could benefit from Henderson’s frustration – stemmed from the lack of playing time in the Premier League.

The England international has no desire to play second fiddle to the 30-year-old and has communicated the same to his gaffer.

Solskjaer has already made some bold decisions at the helm, and benching the club’s highest earner for a relatively inexperienced goalkeeper could be his next brave call.