The writing is on the wall for Dean Henderson at Man Utd after Solskjaers latest comments

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The writing seems to be on the wall for Dean Henderson at Manchester United following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s latest comments on David de Gea. Henderson has come into this season as the back-up option due to circumstances out of his control over the summer.

Solskjaer’s comments on no. 1 goalkeeper De Gea do not make good reading for Henderson.

The 24-year-old was hoping to become the main man in goal at Old Trafford this season, but having been struck by long Covid towards the end of the summer, Henderson has only just returned to fitness.

The England international was put back in between the posts for the 1-0 defeat to West Ham in the Carabao Cup, while he has also played in two Premier League 2 matches for the U23’s.

But no clean sheets in those three appearances and some fine form from De Gea so far have left Solskjaer gushing over De Gea.

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The Spaniard has only kept one clean sheet in six appearances this season, but his penalty save in last weekend’s win over West Ham and a number of fine stops have left many impressed.

And one of those certainly appears to be Solskjaer, who hailed the 30-year-old for cutting short his summer to get ahead of Henderson in the race to be no. 1.

“He did call me in the summer to end his summer holiday earlier and come back and start his pre-season before,” said Solskajer.

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“He wanted to be ready and be the best possible version of himself. Last season was a challenging one, he didn’t play as many games because Dean came in and did very well.

“David has really worked, focused, physically and mentally he’s better, and when you feel you’ve done the work, it gives you more confidence and motivation.

“He plays behind a strong back four, but to play in front of David when he’s in this form is good for them.”

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Henderson conceded only 12 goals in his 13 Premier League outings last term – but it was a mixed time for the 24-year-old.

A particularly challenging game against Liverpool towards the end of the campaign where he conceded four goals suggested that the saga may be dragged out.

And having failed to make a decision over the summer about who his no. 1 would be, the writing seems to be on the wall now; it will take something special for Henderson to becmome the main man in goal.

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