Dean Henderson "will do whatever it takes" to oust David de Gea as Man Utd No1

Dean Henderson is relishing the prospect of a battle with David de Gea for the No1 spot at Manchester United, according to his agent.

23-year-old goalkeeper Henderson shone in back-to-back seasons while on loan at Sheffield United and his performances led to a call-up to the senior England squad last year.

For much of the summer he was linked with a move away from the Red Devils, with Chelsea believed to be monitoring the situation.

But Henderson ended speculation about his future by signing a new five-year deal with United last month to put him into directly rivalry with long-standing No1 De Gea for first-choice status.

And representative David Lee says his client "will do whatever it takes" to prevail in the upcoming competition for minutes.

“I don't think they're offering him a five-year deal without thinking that he can," the agent told Sports Mole when asked if Henderson can become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's go-to goalkeeper.

“Obviously you've got a world-class goalkeeper as number one for Manchester United. He's made a few mistakes, let's be fair, but he's still a top, top goalkeeper, still a world-class goalkeeper.

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“Maybe Henderson coming in might make De Gea raise his game and there are two ways to look at it for Man United, but he's got the potential to be Man United goalkeeper for sure.

“He's another player who believes he should be playing for Man United right now, so it's not going to faze him, he'll just rise to that.

“There are some players that, when you think of them playing for a big club you worry about them – can they take that pressure every week? But Dean would have no problem with that, he's a confident boy.

“He's ready, he wants to push people. I'm sure they're good friends in training and have a good working relationship but Dean will be focused on getting that number one spot that's for sure and he'll do whatever it takes to get it.”

Henderson kept 16 clean sheets in 36 Premier League games last season, while United begin their season with the visit of Crystal Palace on Saturday.

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