Dean Henderson’s time as Manchester United No. 1 seems to have finally come

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Dean Henderson’s time as Manchester United No. 1 seems to have finally come – the significance of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to choose him over David de Gea cannot be overstated

Soon at the top. Dean Henderson has used the phrase in social media posts since making his professional debut for Grimsby more than four years ago, which he was on loan from Manchester United.

“I knew I had a little trip and when I get to the top I’ll let everyone know,” he said in an interview last week.

Henderson has never lacked ambition or confidence. He always supported himself to be number 1 at United one day, it was just a matter of time.

Three weeks after his 24th birthday, Dean Henderson appears to be Manchester United’s number 1

Henderson was chosen over David de Gea to start United's Premier League victory against Brighton

Henderson was chosen over David de Gea to start United's Premier League victory against Brighton

Henderson was chosen over David de Gea to start United’s Premier League victory against Brighton

Three weeks after his 24th birthday, it seems as if that time has come.

After giving Henderson a run of six games while David de Gea had a break for the birth of his first child, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team selection for game # 7 would always be one of his most fascinating as a United manager.

The significance of his decision to choose Henderson over De Gea cannot be underestimated.

“I have two number 1s, it’s that simple,” was Solskjaer’s short answer to questions before kickoff. That was not good with Rio Ferdinand, who is convinced that his former teammate now wants to leave Old Trafford after a decade with United.

“I don’t think two works from No 1,” said Ferdinand. ‘You need the second goalkeeper to understand that he will be the backup. David de Gea is not that boy.

“If Dean Henderson finishes the season as number 1, De Gea will do everything he can to leave Manchester United.”

Henderson is the future for Manchester United, while De Gea (pictured), now 30, is not

Henderson is the future for Manchester United, while De Gea (pictured), now 30, is not

Henderson is the future for Manchester United, while De Gea (pictured), now 30, is not

The situation has become a tricky one for Solskjaer since he brought the talented but impatient Henderson back from a Sheffield United loan in October.

Sunday’s win at Brighton was his 20th appearance in a season that also saw him make his first English debut.

He’s the future for United and de Gea, now 30, isn’t. Even if the Spain international wanted to stay, it wouldn’t be realistic to have him sit on the bench regularly when he’s the club’s top earner at £ 375,000 a week.

The problem would always be when and how Solskjaer changed the watch, and De Gea’s paternity leave last month was an opportune time to extend Henderson’s term.

Sportsmail it turned out that de Gea would have preferred to return earlier, but was told the decision had been made. It was then clear that his grip on the No. 1 spot was starting to slip, and Henderson took his chance.

Henderson (right) could not do much about Danny Welbeck's (center) goal for Brighton on Sunday

Henderson (right) could not do much about Danny Welbeck's (center) goal for Brighton on Sunday

Henderson (right) could not do much about Danny Welbeck’s (center) goal for Brighton on Sunday

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (R) said both Henderson and De Gea will play for the remainder of the season

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (R) said both Henderson and De Gea will play for the remainder of the season

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (R) said both Henderson and De Gea will play for the remainder of the season

There was little he could do about Danny Welbeck’s opening goal for Brighton on Sunday night after initially making an excellent save from the former United striker, although there was a troubling moment when he dropped the ball into a corner kick in the first half that could have been prove. expensive.

It doesn’t affect the bigger picture. Solskjaer says that both keepers will play for the rest of the season and that De Gea could play against Granada in the quarter finals of the Europa League on Thursday.

But now more than ever it is clear how the wind blows.

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