Manchester United icon Peter Schmeichel has given his verdict on the club replacing David de Gea with Dean Henderson, and warned the youngster that there is a big difference between starting at Bramall Lane and Old Trafford.
United have been tipped to make a big change at the back this summer.
Henderson has been putting in some brillaint performances while on loan at Sheffield United, and has been touted as De Gea’s replacement.
After starting in 27 of Sheffield United’s 28 league games this season, he has kept an impressive ten clean sheets.
He was expected to be named in England boss Gareth Southgate’s squad to face Italy and Denmark before those two games were postponed.
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On the other hand, some United fans have questioned some of De Gea’s performances this season.
The Spaniard was blamed for giving away an easy goal against Everton, and threw one into his own net against Watford in December.
His inconsistency has led to suggestions that he could be dropped at the end of the current campaign, with Henderson taking his place.
There were also suggestions that De Gea could be sold, with Real Madrid reported to be interested again.
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But Schmeichel believes the club should look to keep Henderson on the sidelines for the time being.
Speaking in an Instagram Q&A, he explained why the youngster wouldn’t be able to handle the pressure just yet.
“Would anyone seriously consider not having David de Gea in goal and put Dean Henderson in now?” Schmeichel said.
“There’s no doubt about Henderson’s potential, but he’s played one season at a club who has had an unbelievable run in the Premier League.
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“Henderson will need to show another season, like he’s just come through, and then another one, and another one, in order to convince everyone that he is the right guy.
“There’s a really big difference between being the No.1 at Bramall Lane and being the No.1 at Old Trafford, a really big difference. Even just being a player at those two clubs.
“I have seen a lot of guys come into Old Trafford with great reputations, goalscorers, and they haven’t been able to do what they promised to do, with performances and talent.
“That’s simply because the pressures at Old Trafford are different, just different, you know.”
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