Man Utd: Should Henderson start over De Gea?
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Manchester United expect Dean Henderson to return to Old Trafford after his loan spell with Nottingham Forest at a time where Erik ten Hag is concerned by David De Gea, according to reports. The Red Devils have decided to tinker with their goalkeeping department this summer. But they’re also hoping to add a new shot-stopper to their squad by the time the transfer window slams shut on September 1.
Manchester United decided to loan Henderson to Forest earlier in the campaign, with the England international making it clear he wanted regular game time.
The 25-year-old had spent all of last season playing second fiddle to De Gea, having previously been promised the No 1 jersey.
Henderson has enjoyed a stunning start to life at the City Ground, saving a penalty in their recent 1-0 win over West Ham.
And ESPN claim United expect the England international to return to the club once his loan spell is over, with the hope he’ll be willing to compete with De Gea for the No 1 jersey.
Regarding De Gea, it’s claimed Ten Hag is concerned about the Spain international just two games into his reign.
The former Atletico Madrid star, who has been at Old Trafford ever since moving back in the summer transfer window of 2011, was the club’s player of the season last term.
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Yet De Gea has endured a shocking start to the new campaign, much like many of his team-mates.
The 31-year-old should have done better as Pascal Gross’ double gave Brighton all three points in the first week of the season.
And De Gea made a huge mistake as Brentford ran riot on Saturday, inflicting a 4-0 defeat on Ten Hag’s side at the Gtech Community Stadium.
According to the publication, Ten Hag identified the goalkeeping situation as a ‘problem’ at the beginning of the season, despite being ‘well aware’ of De Gea’s limitations on the ball.
Ultimately, however, he believed the veteran was worth sticking with while ‘other more pressing issues were solved’.
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United are looking to sign another goalkeeper before the end of the season, but it’s unclear who will arrive.
Sergio Romero was believed to be keen on returning to Old Trafford, having left 12 months ago after falling out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Yet he’s since joined Boca Juniors instead.
United have been linked with Leeds’ Illan Meslier, who impressed last season as the Whites managed to swerve relegation to the Championship.
However, given the fierce rivalry between United and Leeds, it’s hard to see the 22-year-old making the move from Elland Road to Old Trafford.
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Regarding Henderson, meanwhile, the 25-year-old spoke out earlier in the month and criticised United for their treatment of him over the past year.
“I didn’t want the manager to come in and be able to see me in training,” he told talkSPORT.
“I knew he’d probably want to keep me, so I tried to do it all before I left for the season.
“I told all the hierarchy I need to go and play football, I don’t want to be here playing second fiddle.
“It was all planned out. I was almost gone before the manager came through the door and I haven’t spoken to him since.
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“To be honest with you, it’s probably been the toughest 12 months of my career. It’s been tough, it’s been hard and I’m so happy I’ve got out the other end of it. I’m so excited to be here and ready to go.
“The conversation I had coming out of that Euros squad was ‘ you’re coming back here to be the number one goalkeeper’.
“I got Covid, come back, I should have still been the number one, but unfortunately, no-one followed through with anything they told me.
“It was frustrating because I turned down so many good loans last summer for that reason and they wouldn’t let me go. So, it was frustrating. To sit there and waste 12 months, it’s criminal really at my age.
“I was fuming. But I worked hard off the pitch and on the training pitch to keep improving day in, day out. So I’m really excited to be here. I’m looking forward to the season with Forest.”
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