Jose Mourinho says Dean Henderson is ‘ready’ to replace David de Gea as Manchester United’s number 1

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Jose Mourinho says Dean Henderson is ‘ready’ to replace David de Gea as Manchester United’s number 1… but claims none of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s goalkeepers are ‘phenomenal’

  • Jose Mourinho believes Dean Henderson is ready to face David de Gea . to replace
  • Henderson shared goalkeeping duties with the Spaniard last season
  • Ex-United boss Mourinho said none of the shot-stoppers are ‘phenomenal’
  • But the manager claimed Henderson has the potential to reach the next level

Jose Mourinho believes Dean Henderson is ready to replace David de Gea as Manchester United’s number 1 goalkeeper.

Henderson got the chance to impress when De Gea was given time off to attend the birth of his first child, but the Spaniard returned to the squad for the Europa League final.

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer facing a decision on his first-choice for the 2021-2022 season, former United boss Mourinho has backed the youngster’s shot-stop to take over the takeover.

Jose Mourinho believes Dean Henderson is ready to replace David de Gea as Manchester United's number 1 goalkeeper

Jose Mourinho believes Dean Henderson is ready to replace David de Gea as Manchester United’s number 1 goalkeeper

Henderson and De Gea shared the goalkeeper duties for the Red Devils last season

Henderson and De Gea shared the goalkeeper duties for the Red Devils last season

Henderson and De Gea shared the goalkeeper duties for the Red Devils last season

He told The times: ‘I think they are good keepers. I don’t think they are phenomenal goalkeepers, or, in Dean Henderson’s case, not yet phenomenal. If I say not yet, I say he will be.

‘I met him at’ [Manchester] United when he was a kid and I always remember him asking me to go on loan.

“He said, ‘When I come back, I’ll come back to be number 1’.

Mourinho said neither goalkeeper is 'phenomenal' but believes Henderson has the potential to reach that level

Mourinho said neither goalkeeper is 'phenomenal' but believes Henderson has the potential to reach that level

Mourinho said neither goalkeeper is ‘phenomenal’ but believes Henderson has the potential to reach that level

“He told me that when he was the fourth choice. He’s a guy with incredible confidence and I think he’s ready.”

Henderson signed a five-year deal with the Red Devils last summer after returning from a successful two-year loan spell at Sheffield United.

De Gea has two years left on his contract but has been linked with a return to Spain this summer, along with reported interest from Paris Saint-Germain.

The 30-year-old had a night to forget in the Europa League final after failing to save Villarreal’s penalties in the shoot-out, before missing the decisive goal to hand United’s opponent the trophy.

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