Scholes believes ‘shaky’ Henderson ruined chance to establish himself as Man United No 1

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Paul Scholes believes the ‘shaky’ Dean Henderson has ruined the chance to establish himself as Man United No 1 as David de Gea is selected for the Europa League final … with Rio Ferdinand’s convinced decision to take the Spaniard dropping in the league helped him ‘reboot’

  • Scholes says Henderson missed the opportunity to become United’s number 1 goalkeeper
  • David de Gea was selected for United’s Europa League final before Henderson
  • The former Red Devil says he is ‘happy’ that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has chosen De Gea
  • Scholes says Henderson looked “ nice and controlled ” in goal before
  • However, the TV expert now says that the 24-year-old goalkeeper looks ‘shaky’

Paul Scholes says Dean Henderson missed the ‘opportunity’ to profile himself as Manchester United’s No.1 goalkeeper and claims David De Gea has been ‘excellent’.

The former Red Devil says he is ‘happy’ that Ole Gunnar has selected Solskjaer De Gea for Manchester United’s Europa League final with Villarreal, as he fears Henderson would be too ‘shaky’ in the goal.

Scholes says Henderson looked ‘nice and collected’ between the sticks when he first got his chance from the United manager, but says he’s struggled to keep that form – leading to his most recent omission.

Paul Scholes says Dean Henderson missed the opportunity to become United’s number 1 goalkeeper

Ahead of United’s clash with Villarreal, Scholes said: “It’s good to go with experience.

‘I thought De Gea had been left out at the right time, it was time to give Henderson a chance. Did he take that opportunity? I don’t think he did.

He looked nice and collected at first, but has looked a little shaky ever since.

Scholes says Henderson looked 'beautiful and contained' in purpose, but now looks 'shaky'

Scholes says Henderson looked ‘beautiful and contained’ in purpose, but now looks ‘shaky’

The former Red Devil says he is 'happy' that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has chosen David De Gea

The former Red Devil says he is ‘happy’ that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has chosen David De Gea

“David coming back to the team was excellent, I’m glad he’s playing – I still think he’s number 1.”

Fellow expert Rio Ferdinand agreed with Scholes, saying Henderson was not taking his chance.

He said, ‘I think you should get a shock at some point, David was pretty untouchable, you have to leave the team, sit down and watch, restart.

“Henderson didn’t come in or take the opportunity.”

As Owen Hargreaves added, I think it’s huge [De Gea coming back], he has been in this game, he understands what it means, he has a lot to play for.

‘If they win and he’s got a great game, then have joined two great goalkeepers to find out who is number one.

Solskjaer said De Gea deserved to start after his quarter-final and semi-final screenings

Solskjaer said De Gea deserved to start after his quarter-final and semi-final screenings

De Gea, 30, played in the quarter-finals against Granada and in the semi-final against Roma, while England international Henderson played against Real Sociedad and AC Milan in the earlier rounds.

However, Solskjaer says it was De Gea who proved his worth and deserved to be rewarded with a spot in the Europa League final.

He said we have two very good goalkeepers. David has played the quarters and semi-finals and performed very well. It is a reward for his hard work and experience. We expect him to be ready for this.

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