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David De Gea defends his position at Manchester United

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has defended his position at the Old Trafford club after a season which has seen him make a number of high-profile mistakes, costing United at times. The 29-year-old has come under pressure this season, especially after his calamitous performance against Chelsea in the Emirates FA Cup semi-final, the second of three semi-finals in cup competitions this season that United lost in. On Sunday, De Gea replaced Sergio Romero against Sevilla.

The Argentinian goalkeeper has played in the last two UEFA Europa League matches at this stage of the season with United looking to win their first trophy under the management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. A 2-1 defeat stopped that from happening, meaning that Sevilla set up a final against Inter Milan after the Italian side beat Shakhtar Donekst 5-0 in the other semi-final in the competition. Speaking after United’s defeat to Sevilla on Sunday evening, De Gea was quoted by The Sun as saying:

“I trust in myself. I have shown my qualities all the years. So I will just stay available for the manager.

“I’m always ready to play and try to help the team, as I have always done.”

Dean Henderson, 23, has been tipped to replace De Gea at United this summer after his performances for Sheffield United whilst on loan at the club over the past two seasons, playing in the Champions and winning promotion to the Premier League, helping the side remain in the top flight of English football. Henderson wants assurances from Solskjaer over his future at the club or he will leave, whether on loan or permanently, which has been reported recently.

United may look back and see a poor season but despite the fact that it has not been brilliant, there are many positives to see at the club. There are critics for Solskjaer on social media, but with not of those critics having any experience or achievement in football, the criticism is agenda based which shows the pathetic nature of modern football so-called supporters. Continuing to speak about United’s result against Sevilla, De Gea was quoted as saying:

“We deserve to be in the final, if we are honest. But maybe we need a bit of experience, more experience on the team, but we have to score the chances. That was the point for us.”

Whilst there was improvement by United this season, conceding 54 goals in the Premier League during the 2018/19 season and finishing sixth, then last summer, signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire, to conceding just 36 goals and finishing third in the 2019/20 season. Of course, most of these so-called fans that demand better will not see the improvement, instead will look at the points total, which was 66 points in both seasons. However, the difference is clear to see, for those with common sense anyway.

United also came from 14 points behind Leicester to finish four points clear of them this season with Solskjaer even topping Frank Lampard, who has continually been praised by the English media having a much poorer record that United despite both teams being in a period of rebuilding. United’s record against the top six in the Premier League improved with the club doing the double over Manchester City, Chelsea and Leicester, winning once and drawing once with Tottenham Hotspur and drawing and losing against Liverpool, earning 23 points from a possible 30. Talking about the clubs improvement, De Gea said:

“I think we improved this season. We were 14 points behind the third position in the Premier League and we finished third at the end.

“I think we are playing very good football, attacking football.

“Let’s keep improving, let’s keep fighting for this club and let’s try to win trophies next season.”

Written by John Walker

David De Gea’s Manchester United future cast doubt upon by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that he will need to make a difficult decision in order to choose who to make his first choice goalkeeper next season. David De Gea has endured a turbulent season with some mistakes costing United dearly, especially against Chelsea in the semi-final of the Emirates FA Cup only a matter of weeks ago. This poor form has caused lost of speculation which has seen Dean Henderson aim to take De Gea’s shirt in the not too distant future.

United number two, Sergio Romero is a great quality goalkeeper and has played in eight of the ten matches played in the UEFA Europa League this season and looks set to be trusted in goal against FC Copenhagen in the quarter-finals of the competition, which will be played on Cologne on Monday evening. Dean Henderson is another top quality goalkeeper who has done well in his first season in the Premier League whilst he was on loan with Sheffield United.

De Gea has been a great goalkeeper for much of his time at United, which is almost a decade. He literally became the player that kept United together during the turbulent time which saw United managed by David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, being named as the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year four times in five seasons; 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2017/18. Ander Herrera (2016/17) and Luke Shaw (2018/19) won the award during the other two seasons.

So far this season, De Gea has played in the Premier League, starting all 38 matches, also playing twice in the Carabao Cup and once in each of the Emirates FA Cup and the UEFA Europa League. The Spaniard has kept a total of 15 clean sheets, conceding 43 goals. Romero has played eight times in the Europa League (so far), five times in the FA Cup and three times in the Carabao Cup, keeping 11 clean sheets and conceding five goals. Solskjaer feels that having three decent goalkeepers is a good problem to have with The Mirror reporting:

“I think I must be the most privileged manager in the world with the goalkeeping department.

“Sergio [Romero], David [De Gea] and Dean [Henderson]. Three top ‘keepers. This season has shown how important Sergio has been for us. David has been performing there.

“We’ll see what we’ll do going forward. Difficult? Yes. But that’s a good problem to have.”

Henderson, playing for Sheffield United, made 36 appearances in the Premier League with four more in the FA Cup. He kept a total of 14 clean sheets, conceding 37 goals in total. Solskjaer feels that it would be near enough impossible to satisfy all three goalkeepers next season with all of them craving minutes for United plus to add to that, Lee Grant is also in contention, in his final season at the club. Concluding his comments about the goalkeeper situation, Solskjaer talked about competition for places, which is something he is looking to have, saying:

“I think as you say, competition for places is important and we’re looking to have competition for places.

“We have Dean, Sergio and David at the moment in the ranks. Lee [Grant], the fantastic professional he is, is backing them up. But it’ll be difficult obviously to keep three of them at the club, so we’ll see what the decision will be there.”

It could be a battle for the number on shirt at United this summer and depending on what happens with Henderson, the likes of De Gea and Romero will be vying for the honour to lead United as the number one goalkeeper. If this speculation helps De Gea find his form once again, great. If not, then United will be in good hands as they look to start again with a rookie goalkeeper in the ranks, if Henderson ends up staying at the club with Sheffield United seemingly wanting him at the club for another season and Chelsea also holding interest in the player.

Written by John Walker

Solskjaer keeps pressure off De Gea, Ferdinand slams him, Scholes defends him

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated that he will not put any more pressure on goalkeeper David De Gea as he will not be talking about his performance against Chelsea which saw the London club score twice with goals that the Spanish goalkeeper should have saved quite easily. Solskjaer has leapt in to defend the goalkeeper in the past but bluntly refused to discuss the topic in his press conference ahead of the penultimate Premier League match of the season.

United will take on West Ham United at the Theatre of Dreams on Wednesday evening with a view on putting his side in the top three of the league with a victory over David Moyes’ side. Solskjaer will be protective of his goalkeeper and will know that his mistakes against Chelsea will be the main talking point ahead of the next match, which will either result in the player being dropped from the team or being backed by the manager and his teammates, keeping his place in the team. The Sun quoted Solskjaer as saying:

“This is not going to become a David De Gea press conference. We’re just going to stick together.

“David’s mentally strong enough to know his job is to perform in training the next day and be ready for the games.

“We’re not going to talk about individuals. No one here wants to feel we are putting more pressure on them.”

Former teammate of De Gea, Rio Ferdinand has slammed the goalkeeper for his current form stating that he was not in a position to be defended. Granted, Ferdinand played in the same team as De Gea for a number of years so will have knowledge of how the player is when he has made a mistake. There is no hiding place for the player and he will know that too. Ferdinand, speaking to BT Sport about the goalkeeper and reported by The Mirror, said:

“When people make mistakes, they’re open to criticism. That’s just natural, that is just how football is,

“David De Gea is no exception. He’s made mistakes, glaring mistakes in some big games, notably the game against Chelsea in the semi-final at Wembley.

“Yes, he should be doing better. I have played with David, he’s his own biggest critic.

“He’ll be sitting at home mulling over these, going through the situations and making sure that he tries to get rid of these mistakes that he is committing at the moment.”

Another former United player, Paul Ince has given advice to Solskjaer about how to deal with the goalkeeper who is complacent. It seems funny that Ince is giving others advice on how to manage players, when in actual fact, his management history has been poor at best. Ince managed Macclesfield Town, MK Dons (twice), Blackburn Rovers, Notts County and Blackpool and did nothing but fail at each club. It is strange that this guy, who shows embitterment to United, feels he’s qualified to even have an opinion. Anyway, speaking to Paddy Power via The Mirror, Ince said:

“David [De Gea] knows he should have saved the second goal, but that’s done now. I can’t speak for David’s confidence, but he’s mentally very strong. He knows he should save that one 100 times out of 100, but that’s football for you.

“Any mistake you make, as a goalkeeper, will always be magnified. We know that, but what we’re seeing from David de Gea at the minute are basic, schoolboy errors. They are errors that someone on his wage and at his level simply should not be making – and not for the first time, too.

“If you go and look at the season, there’s several absolutely horrendous mistakes that just shouldn’t be happening. When you make mistakes like that, you have to come out in the next couple of games and stand up and be counted – to nullify that criticism – but it seems like he isn’t capable of doing that at the moment.

“You need to prove you’re the No.1 goalkeeper. He made a couple of decent saves against Chelsea, but the fact is, in big games you expect that. In those big games, the best keepers in the world aren’t making mistakes to begin with.

“My feeling is that De Gea doesn’t have enough, or any, competition. He is totally complacent. Sergio Romero only plays once in a blue moon, but Dean Henderson is waiting in the wings, and the manager needs to create a bit of a challenge and competition at the club.

“Right now, De Gea knows there’s no challenger to him, that he will be the first name on the team sheet, and he’s playing like someone who knows that, too. As a player, if you think you’re going to play every game, it leads to complacency.”

Paul Scholes, another former teammate of De Gea has done what you would expect from him and back the player. Scholes played alongside the Spanish goalkeeper for the final years of his career at the club, even coming out of retirement to play some more football. De Gea will be happy to see some players in his corner, past and present. It will mean a lot to him. The mistakes happened and there is no taking them away. Ot is now embellished in the club’s history. Reported by The Mirror, the United legend said:

“Yep, he’s having a bad time. But without him United wouldn’t have finished in the top 10 the last 6 years…he’ll be back!”

Finally, Solskjaer has refused to confirm whether the player, 29, will start against West Ham in the final Premier League match of the season at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening. It would not surprise me to see De Gea starting against the Hammers but it would be a gamble that would bring criticism to the doorstep of Solskjaer if it did not pay off. Just the same would be if the player was dropped for Sergio Romero and that did not pay off, so either way you look at it, Solskjaer will not be able to win with the media. Reported by the Manchester Evening News, the United manager said:

“No, because I don’t want to talk about it. We stick together as a group. Of course we’re going to stick together as a group and as I said he’s proven before he’s mentally strong. We’ll stay together and we’ll see the team on Wednesday night.

“You have to [make big calls]. Every position is a big one here so you’ve got to do what is right for the team and the club. We’ll do that on Wednesday, we’ll do that on Sunday and then when the season’s finished we’ll make more decisions.

“Everything we talk about is between ourselves. We keep that relationship open and every player can trust me to keep that confidential.”

United have it all to play for on Wednesday evening. With Leicester City being beaten by Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday and the fact that the two teams have the same amount of points and the goal difference is the same, although Leicester have scored 67 goals to United’s 63, it gives United the opportunity to get one over Brendan Rodger’s side before Sunday’s showdown ta the King Power Stadium. With a victory over the Hammers, United could go third in the league with Chelsea facing Liverpool, at Anfield. This is Solskjaer and United’s chance to get one over both teams ahead of them.

Written by John Walker

Chelsea stall over Dean Henderson interest; Blades sign replacement

Chelsea are interested in signing Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson this summer after his performances for the past two seasons on loan at Sheffield United. However, their interest in the goalkeeper has stalled according to The Sun. Sheffield United have recently confirmed the signing of Wes Foderingham who could be the replacement for Henderson next season in case the club do not get the opportunity to lengthen Henderson’s stay at the club.

However, Blades manager Chris Wilder has confirmed talks with United ahead of another season of Henderson at the club on loan, which would be great for the player. This season, Henderson has made a total of 38 appearances for the Blades, conceding 33 goals and keeping 14 clean sheets – 13 of those in the Premier League alone. The Express has reported that despite signing Foderingham, the Blades hold hope of keeping Henderson for another season.

Henderson has been linked to Frank Lampard’s side, who are seeking a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has seemingly lost form this season. The Spanish international lost his place with Willy Caballero starting in the 3-1 victory over United in the semi-final of the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday evening. However unlikely it may be that United sign a valuable goalkeeper to Chelsea the 23-year-old has suggested that he will not return to United unless he is the number one goalkeeper.

David De Gea, the current United number one, signed a new bumper contract at United last year and despite his shaky form, it does not look like he will be going anywhere. He was once the brunt of interest from the likes of Real Madrid nd Paris Saint-Germain but recently, that interest has subsided with United having full control over the future of the player. Now De Gea was terrible against Chelsea at Wembley and will need to upscale his level of performance substantially.

Blades manager Wilder was recently asked by the media whether Henderson will continue playing for his club into next season and The Sun reported the manager as saying:

“We have had initial conversations. Of course, we would be open to Dean [Henderson] coming back.

“He’s Manchester United’s player so they will make that decision with what is best for themselves, in conjunction with Dean.

“And obviously from our point of view, if there is an opportunity, we would love to take that up.”

Whatever happens, if United let Henderson leave the club on loan for the entirety of the 2020/21 season, they will need to offer the player a new long-term contract and he will be seeking a guarantee of the number one jersey at the club or he will not sign anything. You can see where he will be coming from. He has seen De Gea make some pretty amateurish mistakes whilst playing for the biggest football club in the world. United must see that Henderson is a goalkeeper for the future and one that could adapt and, as Solskjaer has put it, be the number one for both club and country.

Written by John Walker

David De Gea could remain at Manchester United for another ten years according to Peter Schmeichel

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has backed current United number one, David De Gea to play on at the Old Trafford club for another decade. On Monday in the Premier League, the Spanish goalkeeper made his 400th appearance for United, beating Schmeichel’s record by two appearances, still 139 appearances behind Alex Stepney.

United signed De Gea from Atletico Madrid back in the summer of 2011 after Edwin van der Sar left the club after six years, leaving a void which De Gea soon started to fill. In recent years though, his form has not been the best which has seen him prone to some mistakes but in recent matches, despite a few errors, he has improved, although those reading this will be irate at errors made against Southampton.

De Gea will no doubt be challenged by Dean Henderson, who is currently close to the end of his second season on loan at Sheffield United, helping them win promotion from the Championship last season and push to finish in the top half of the Premier League table, currently seeing them in seventh place and on the cusp of securing European football.

Schmeichel reckons that De Gea’s appetitive for silverware continues to drive him on with United not winning anything since their UEFA Europa League trophy at the end of the 2016/17 season. This season, with the league already won by Liverpool, United have a chance to lift the Emirates FA Cup and the Europa League once again. Speaking to the United Review, Schmeichel said:

“There have been trophies over the last nine years and David will want more of those before he’s done.

“He would far rather pick up a few more winner’s medals than Player of the Year trophies, I’m certain.

“David’s young and could play on here for another 10 years.”

De Gea has kept 11 clean sheets in the Premier League so far the season and is currently trailing the best goalkeeper in the league, Burnley’s Nick Pope by three clean sheets. United will be seeking to improve that before the end of the season with their sights well on a place in the UEFA Champions League next season, which will mean they need to finish in the top four of the Premier League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feels that De Gea needs more trophies on his CV, saying:

“I don’t think he will be happy until he wins the bigger trophies. Yes, he’s won personal awards but David is not the type to care about that. I think he wants the team to lift big as well.

“Staying at Manchester United for this amount of time and not having won more is something he will feel is a black dot in his career.”

Gary Neville thinks Manchester United can no longer rely on David De Gea because of his mistakes

Manchester United can no longer rely on goalkeeper David De Gea as he is no longer the player he once was, according to Gary Neville. The former United right-back and captain and now Sky Sports pundit is worried about the form of the Spanish goalkeeper after yet another error led to an opposition goal in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs player, Steven Bergwijn’s hit his near post shot which De Gea tried to punch clear, the ball hitting the back of the net instead. At the time it happened, former United midfielder and captain, Roy Keane was not best please, suggesting that he would be ‘throwing punches‘, which was just the way Keane was. He even said De Gea should ‘get a taxi home’.

It is worrying seeing De Gea struggle with form, especially at a time whereby United needed a strong pair of hands in goal and seeing this mistake, of which there has been three of them so far this season, is not what we want to see. That said though, De Gea has put in a few brilliant performances, so just needs consistency in the right direction.

Neville was kinder that Keane in his discontent to De Gea’s fall from grace but is just as worried. The player will be seeking to win the praise of his teammates, the manager and the supporters as United ready themselves for a visit from Sheffield United on Wednesday evening where another mistake will be costly. Neville speaking on his podcast, said:

“He was the one player United could rely on for the last four years but he’s not the same.

“He hasn’t been the same for some time. When form drops for six months it’s a blip but when it goes on for a year you start to worry.

“When it goes over two years it becomes more permanent. That is now a fair representation of what De Gea is as he’s making lots of mistakes.

“Ones he would never make – he was always somebody you could completely rely on.

“It can only be a confidence thing. The arms, legs and body are the same – it’s got to be the mind.

“The reception he’s got in Spain has affected him. He’s even been booed by Spanish fans when he’s wearing the Spanish shirt.

“In the World Cup in 2018 he really struggled and from that he’s doubted himself. Mentally he’s not quite the same.”

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have a big decision on his hands this summer with the form of on loan goalkeeper Dean Henderson, who is not eligible to play against United on Wednesday, flying high at the Blades and De Gea performing so badly, compared to his former self. Could this be the beginning or the end, or the end of the beginning?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warns David De Gea that Dean Henderson is coming to take his place at Manchester United – reports

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed goalkeeper Dean Henderson to become the number one goalkeeper for both Manchester United and England. Henderson has been allowed to remain at Sheffield United for the remainder of the 2019/20 season, despite the delay and the fact that the Blades will be challenging United.

United are fifth in the Premier League with the Blades in sixth place, so the chase for UEFA Champions League football is very much on with United needing to step out of the traps running when they face Tottenham Hotspur on Friday evening in London. The 23-year-old will have spent two season in Sheffield at the end of this season.

Henderson has flourished at every stage of his career, being loaned out to Stockport County, Grimsby Town, Shrewsbury Town and not at Sheffield United, rising from the conference to the Premier League in four seasons, playing well in his first season in the top-flight; keeping ten Premier League clean sheets, conceding just 22 goals this season.

Henderson was called into Gareth Southgate’s England squad back in October and was expected to contend with Jordan Pickford ahead of the European Championships this summer, which were postponed until next summer. The player was also linked to Chelsea, something that Solskjaer quashed at the time. Speaking about Henderson, Solskjaer said:

“For me it doesn’t matter when the season ends. The Sheffield United team this season has consisted of Dean in goal so he should be allowed to complete it.

“It’s not been decided in terms of where Dean is going to be next season.

“This season has proved a great experience for him, he’s done himself some favours with his performances, and proved he will be England’s No1 and Manchester United’s No1 at some point.

“It’s not my job to keep the players happy or in the team or out of it. Part of it is their responsibility of performing and doing well.

“Dean has made some great choices over the years and developed fantastically – and still is.”

This could go two ways for Solskjaer and United; it could bring out the best of David De Gea, who has been struggling for form this season and has made some pretty amateur mistakes or it could ruin his confidence and lead Henderson into the squad next season, fighting De Gea for a place in the team. Solskjaer knows what he is doing.

Manchester United unhappy with David De Gea’s recent performances with rumours suggesting a change – reports

Manchester United are reportedly unhappy with the recent performances of goalkeeper, David De Gea and are actively considering a replacement for the player this summer. Back in September, the Spanish international signed a new contract at the club, keeping him there until the summer of 2023, with the option of another year to be added at any time – that is if the club want to keep the player, seemingly they do not.

It is suggested that De Gea, 29, receives £375,000 per week since he signed his new contract and during that time, he has not been in the best of form. It was only during the 2018/19 season that United conceded 54 goals in the Premier League alone, forcing United to sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire, costing the club £125 million or more – something the club needed to do anyway.

After 29 matches in the Premier League this season, United have conceded 30 goals with De Gea playing in all of those matches. He has made a fair few mistakes also with three errors leading to goals. United academy graduate and Sheffield United loanee, Dean Henderson, has played 27 times in the league this season, conceding 22 goals with one error leading to a goal, having 10 clean sheets to De Gea’s eight.

In all competitions this season, despite the coronavirus pandemic suspending world football, De Gea has made a total of 32 appearances, conceding 33 goals and keeping a total of ten clean sheets – he has played in the Premier League, the Carabao Cup and the UEFA Europa League. Teammate, Sergio Romero has made 14 appearances this season, conceded three goals and kept 11 clean sheets.

United have Romero for another season, although there is an option to keep him at the club for another year but they may look to bring in a number of goalkeeping changes at the club, which would be a gamble and a change of stance. I would like De Gea to find his form again and do what he has done for the club in the past – become one of, if not the best, goalkeeper in the world.

His mistakes have been harrowing though, seemingly like he has lost most of his confidence. He might want a change – who knows. The one thing is that when United are unhappy with a goalkeeper, there is a big chance that a change is coming. De Gea may not deserve this, especially after putting in performances which made him the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year four times in the last six seasons before the current one.

Rumours of the club considering a replacement for De Gea come from journalist Duncan Castles, who was largely correct during the Jose Mourinho reign at the club but has been hot and cold since, give this a 50/50 chance of being true. Granted, De Gea’s performances have been poor at times but we all know exactly what he is capable of, just not whether he could get there again.

Dean Henderson would be my choice of replacement – he has done well in his debut season in the Premier League, also excelling in the Championship, helping the Blades win promotion, doing well with Shrewsbury Town, Grimsby Town and Stockport County in loan spells before – meaning the goalkeeper has played in the conference, League Two, League One, the Championship and now the Premier League in five seasons, which is a great rise for the player.

Sergio Romero would be a shout as backup again, if he stays at the club plus Nathan Bishop, who signed for the club from Southend United in January. United have also been linked with Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana, who was linked to the club last summer too with United failing in a £35 million bid for the Cameroon international.

David De Gea rumoured to be sold to ‘aid transfer spree’ but there are players needing to leave well before him

In the media on Thursday, it was reported that Manchester United may sacrifice David De Gea in order to raise the funds for a summer transfer spree. I laughed when I read it. Why would a club like United need to sell a player in order to find transfers and exactly how much does the media think De Gea is worth, not to mention which could would buy him.

De Gea has been great for United but soon to be entering his 30s, there is no guarantee that he will find the form that got him labelled as one of the best goalkeepers in world football, and keep it. United do need to be seeking out the future in the position and that is not Sergio Romero either. Dean Henderson is the player that will set United up there.

United have been linked to a number of players already and the January transfer window only closed four weeks ago. The names that keep being linked are Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, Leicester City’s James Maddison, and Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho. Obviously, this will be a massive fee to sign this trio but would make a statement.

Goal have stated that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be willing to let De Gea leave the club this summer, raising some money to fund his transfer targets. However, with that being said, there are some necessary departures that should happen before De Gea is allowed to leave the Theatre of Dreams.

Alexis Sanchez, Chris Smalling, Joel Pereira, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Andreas Pereira, Jesse Lingard et al should all be gone before De Gea is allowed to leave. De Gea has been a great servant for the Old Trafford club and has a contract until the summer of 2023, which could be extended for a further year.

It is great that Dean Henderson is doing so well at Sheffield United in their first season back in the Premier League but with him having De Gea to learn from in training, it will see him find a much firmer grip into the position and United do not need another setback like they had during the period of Fabien Barthez, Mark Bosnich, Tim Howard etc before signing Edwin van der Sar.

If United need the money, selling the likes of Pogba, Sanchez, Rojo – who do not seem to want to be at the club would be the best way. United should be keeping players who want to be at the club. Selling Pogba for £90 million, at this moment in time, would be good business for the club as it seems clear he will not play football again this season.

De Gea may have lost form in the last season or so but so have United. Form is temporary and class is permanent – this should be remembered more. Recently, with United’s return to form, De Gea’s form has been improving. This may command a bigger fee for the player or it may rest that the player will remain at United.

It would be a shame if De Gea was sold, but one of the richest clubs in the world, to fund future transfers. It would weaken United’s defence, which could blow up in their faces if Henderson was not ready for the pressure at United, as it would be much different to the pressure in Sheffield. Funding transfer by getting rid of players who have no future at the club is the best way, first of all.

Is Dean Henderson Ready to take over from David De Gea?

Dean Henderson has been in superb form for Sheffield United this season. He’s on loan from Manchester United in what can only be seen as a move to gain vital Premier League experience. 

Along with former Reds keeper Ben Foster and Kasper Schmeichel – son of Peter Schmeichel – he’s kept eight clean sheets, a league high. Sheffield United have taken the league by storm since their return to the top, and are even pushing for European places, and Dean Henderson has been a massive part of their success so far. 

At 22 years-old, he has time on his side. The shot stopper has been tipped to take over from David De Gea as and when the time is right. The young Englishman has made 57 saves this season, which isn’t anywhere near Martin Dubravka’s 93. However, this is testament to the well drilled Blades team he is a part of.

Comparing the two keepers directly, Henderson has outperformed United’s number one in almost every way. He’s made eight clean sheets compared to De Gea’s three. He’s made only one less save than the Spaniard but has a considerably lower pass completion rate – 33.86% compared to De Gea’s 73.11%.

Dean Henderson has conceded eight less goals than De Gea – 19 to his 27 – and has a higher save success. Henderson has saved 75% of shots on his goal, whereas David De Gea has only saved 69.88% of the shots he’s faced. Most importantly, though, De Gea has made two errors leading directly to a goal. Most notably, his blunder which gifted Watford their opening goal at Vicarage Road. 

David De Gea recently signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until at least June 2023. At 28 years-old, it seems he is past his best. His performances of late have raised some eyebrows across the fanbase and many are wondering if he’ll ever be able to replicate the form which helped him earn his place in five PFA Team of the Year squads.

He’s arguably been the best keeper in world football over the past decade along with Manuel Neuer. Although his performances have dipped, he remains to be one of the best goalkeepers in world football. But is it time to move him on and move forward as a club? 

Since the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he has put emphasis on his desire to build for the future, and with Henderson outperforming De Gea, is there a chance he’ll be challenging the Spaniard for a starting spot in the near future? All good things must come to an end, and maybe it’s time for De Gea to move on. 

TalkSport host Tony Cascarino has had his say on the situation. On Saturday’s Weekend Sports Broadcast, he said:

“I’m looking at De Gea and thinking, I’d have Dean Henderson at Sheffield United over you. He’s had a stinker.

“Henderson is a Manchester United player and his performances have been far better than De Gea’s this season.”

Do you think it’s time for De Gea to move on?

Written by Anton Brooks

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