Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists the fight between his two goalkeepers is HEALTHY … with the Manchester United boss struggling to keep David de Gea and Dean Henderson happy
- Manchester United are in the enviable position with two excellent stoppers
- Henderson has played the last seven consecutive games for the Solskjaer team
- The Norwegian boss admitted that De Gea is not happy about losing his starting place
- Solskjaer challenged every goalkeeper at the club to prove they needed to start
If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thought he could leave the problem with his two goalkeepers behind when Manchester United flew to Spain on Thursday night for the Europa League quarter-final against Granada, he was wrong.
Back on the agenda on Wednesday was the battle between David de Gea and Dean Henderson to become United’s # 1. It’s been going all season and promises to dominate what’s left of the campaign.
If it ends with a performance in the Europa League final in Gdansk on May 26, Solskjaer will be the mother of all selection puzzles.
Manchester United have a difficult choice, choosing David de Gea (left) or Dean Henderson (right)
Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that competition between the two is healthy
Healthy competition was how the United manager described it on Wednesday, but it already threatens to have a terminal effect on De Gea’s 10-year career at Old Trafford this summer.
Henderson appears to be in pole position after the past seven games, although Solskjaer has typically used his second goalkeeper in the Europa League.
Whoever gets the nod at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes on Thursday night, the issue is not going to go away anytime soon.
Solskjaer was previously reluctant to discuss it in depth, but admitted that De Gea was unhappy for losing his place and challenged the Spanish goalkeeper to fight to win it back.
“If it is Dean or David, I feel very comfortable with both of them playing and I am very happy that neither of them are happy not to play,” said the United boss.
The 24-year-old Henderson played the last seven games in a row between the sticks
‘It’s a healthy game. Both are important, they all want to play. The same goes for Lee Grant and Nathan Bishop and Sergio Romero, they want to play and that’s a game that I like.
‘David has been a top, top keeper and he still is. He’s working on getting ready when he’s playing. David has had 10 fantastic years with Man United and he has had challengers.
‘Of course they want to play. Sergio probably played less games than he deserved. Dean has come in and gave his all, because everyone wants that place on the team. David too. ‘
Solskjaer recalled the competition for places he had experienced as a player at United when he set out the challenge for De Gea.
“ When you are part of Man United, there will always be players who will not just fill the bank – everyone has the ambition to take your shirt, ” he added.
‘I was there as a striker myself. We have drawn Ruud van Nistelrooy, Diego Forlan, Louis Saha. Lots of top forwards – Dwight Yorke and Teddy Sheringham.
Henderson fouled AC Milan in the Europa League round of 16 first leg on March 11
“The goal for me then is to prove to the manager,” I don’t mind you signing this one, but I’m still important to you and I’m still going to give everything I can to play “. Right back, left back, center forward, goalkeeper, it’s the same. ‘
Before the first leg, Solskjaer sought insight from his former club Molde, who lost to Granada in the last round. The Andalusian club, who play in Europe for the first time this season after winning promotion to La Liga in 2019, have also eliminated Napoli.
“It is a team full of experience, incredible character and spirit,” said Solskjaer.
Still, Granada coach Diego Martinez accepts that playing the league favorites will be a step up for his players.
“If we think too much about everything United has in store for them, we wouldn’t even show up because we’re facing a giant,” Martinez said.
‘That has motivated us so far to push ourselves fully. The fact that we are talking here today is because this team made it very unlikely possible. ‘