Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s relationship with David de Gea ‘has become a problem’ at Manchester United, with Dean Henderson now ‘widely recognized as the No.1 goalkeeper’ for his £ 375,000 a week rival after taking over the goal.
- David de Gea’s future at Manchester United is in doubt after losing his place in the squad
- His relationship with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is at odds with the manager’s decision
- Dean Henderson is now seen as the club’s number one pick against the Spaniard
- United is unlikely to want to keep £ 375,000 a week with De Gea as a backup goalkeeper
David de Gea’s future at Manchester United is becoming increasingly questionable as his relationship with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has become tense over who the number one goalkeeper is at the club.
The Spaniard joined United almost ten years ago and was undoubtedly his team’s first choice during that period.
But Dean Henderson’s return to Old Trafford in the summer after his loan spell with Sheffield United last season left Solskjaer in a serious dilemma, and one that threatens to end De Gea’s time at the club.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s relationship with David de Gea has become increasingly tense
The Spaniard’s future at Manchester United is in doubt after losing the starting spot at the club
Henderson was chosen for Sunday’s 2-1 win over Brighton, but it is believed there are issues between De Gea, who has a contract until 2023 and earns £ 375,000 a week, and his manager goes back much further.
According to the Manchester Evening NewsSolskjaer planned to drop the Spaniard against West Brom in November, but the 30-year-old reacted so badly that his manager decided to reverse his decision and choose him instead of Henderson.
Likewise, the United boss changed his mind after he planned to start Henderson against Chelsea in February, but chose De Gea after the senior goalkeeper expressed his dissatisfaction.
It is also reported that many in United’s locker room believe Henderson should be the club’s number one, and they have been doing so since December, but Solskjaer has largely kept his faith in the man named five times so far. in the PFA Team of the Year. .
Dean Henderson is widely recognized as United’s number one and is supported by his teammates
However, De Gea has not played since that Chelsea game and traveled to Madrid for the birth of his daughter, and it is now accepted that Henderson is the club’s number one goalkeeper and will move forward.
Solskjaer spoke about the situation between De Gea and Henderson after the game in Brighton, trying to downplay any suggestion that there was a conflict in the United camp.
With Dean and David’s situation, I know it’s something that will make headlines and [is] “Fish and chips wrapping paper in a short amount of time,” Solskjaer said.
‘But I have two great keepers and the point is that I now find matches that they can both play [in]
Solskjaer has insisted there is no tension, but neither goalkeeper is willing to be second choice
‘Of course not the same game. But they both deserve to play more than what they do and it’s a decision I have to make every time. ‘
As neither player is likely to stay for next season when it becomes clear they are second-choice at the club, Solskjaer will have to play his confidence in either of them in the coming months.
It seems likely that it will be Henderson who will be the preferred choice, having signed a new five-year deal in August, forcing De Gea to find a new club and possibly take a significant pay cut to do so.