Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer chooses Dean Henderson over David de Gea against Brighton
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer briefs David de Gea by insisting that he now has ‘TWO No. 1’ that Dean Henderson has chosen to start against Brighton … but Rio Ferdinand insists that the tactics of the Manchester United boss is NOT working
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took Dean Henderson over David de Gea in goal
- The Manchester United boss said he had ‘two number 1s’ that are both ‘very good’
- But the decision is seen as another indication that De Gea is on the way
- Rio Ferdinand insisted that Solskjaer’s claim of two No. 1s does not work
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said Manchester United have ‘two number 1s’ after picking Dean Henderson over David de Gea in Sunday’s Premier League match with Brighton.
Question marks have floated over De Gea’s future at Old Trafford, with reports that he will be leaving the Red Devils at the end of the season.
Henderson has impressed so much since replacing de Gea – who returned to Spain last month for the birth of his child – so much so that Solskjaer has chosen him over the Spanish mainstay.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer chose Dean Henderson to start against Brighton
Henderson was chosen over David de Gea (right), suggesting that his time at United is up
When asked what people should read about Henderson being elected over De Gea, Solskjaer told BT Sport, “I have two very, very good goalkeepers.
‘Two number one, it’s that simple. Two No. 1’s and that’s it. ‘
De Gea is United’s highest-paid player at a whopping £ 350,000 a week, but Henderson signed a six-year deal worth £ 120,000 a week last August. At the age of 24, he appears to be United’s long-term option, with de Gea now 30.
Rio Ferdinand said before the match that the idea of two No. 1s is not possible and that De Gea’s position could become untenable.
Solskjaer was reticent about the decision, saying he has ‘two number 1s’ that are ‘very, very good’
“ If Dean Henderson finishes the season as number one, I don’t see (David) de Gea staying there, ” Ferdinand said on BT Sport. ‘No chance, I don’t see it. I think he’s leaving now.
His pay will be a determining factor, but in the end, two No 1s won’t work. De Gea was a mainstay in the team, but Ole may see things differently now.
“He lined up Henderson for him. Does the Gea accept that and will he stay? I do not think so.
David will support his teammate, but when he gets home tonight his pride and ego will hurt, and if not, he shouldn’t be here. He is in the prime of his career and wants to play every week. ‘
Rio Ferdinand said there’s ‘no chance’ that de Gea will stay if Henderson is now United’s new No.1
Ferdinand added that the pressure was now on Henderson to pursue his claim and take the opportunity that Solskjaer has given him.
Henderson has been waiting for this opportunity. Now the pressure is on him. Can he live up to the hype? I am excited for him and look forward to seeing what he can do.
‘Solskjaer has seen something in him, but he has to act now. It’s okay to be number one at Sheffield United, but it’s a different boiler at Manchester United. ‘