De Gea facing battle to keep Man United rival Henderson at bay – Soccer News
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims Dean Henderson is “maturing on a regular basis” because the England worldwide takes small steps in direction of dislodging David de Gea as Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper.
The Premier League matchday gloves have gone to De Gea frequently for coming as much as 10 years at United, typically even when the Spaniard’s reliability has been known as into query.
Henderson had a brief run within the aspect late final yr, beginning twice within the league after De Gea took a knock that pressured him to be substituted at Southampton.
However De Gea rapidly returned to favour as soon as match and has remained Solskjaer’s go-to goalkeeper for home league video games, with Henderson principally choosing up appearances within the FA Cup, EFL Cup and the occasional European match.
A clear sheet in opposition to Actual Sociedad, as United gained Four-Zero within the Europa League on Thursday, was precisely what Henderson would have wished.
It led to questions on why the goalkeeper who shone on mortgage for Sheffield United final season shouldn’t be getting extra alternatives with the Crimson Devils.
Former United midfield star Paul Scholes mentioned on BT Sport: “Ole should know he’s a high quality keeper however does he have the belief in him that he’s higher than David de Gea on the minute? I don’t suppose he does. As a result of with the errors David made, he would have been in if he had full belief in him.”
Solskjaer is eager to reward each Henderson and De Gea, however it will be a significant shock if it was the previous who lined up in opposition to Newcastle United within the Premier League this Sunday.
“In fact Dean is in with a shout,” Solskjaer mentioned within the wake of the Sociedad recreation. “He was clear in his dealing with, clear in his efficiency, so it was a great efficiency.
“He’s maturing on a regular basis, however I’ve an excellent goalkeeper in David and he saved us in opposition to West Brom.
“I all the time converse to the gamers first earlier than I say who’s not taking part in so that they’ll know.”
— Manchester United (@ManUtd_Es) February 18, 2021
Henderson this season has a save share of 76.92, far exceeding De Gea’s modest 61.70 per cent.
De Gea stored out 71.97 per cent of photographs final season, and his share this time period is much worse than for any marketing campaign since becoming a member of United in 2011 from Atletico Madrid. A 2013-14 charge of 68.57 per cent ranks as his lowest save share for a full season.
Englishman Henderson has performed in solely 12 video games this season, in opposition to De Gea’s 27 matches, and the opposition has at occasions been extra modest, however these figures recommend United might quickly be sensible to make a change.
Henderson has conceded 9 occasions and De Gea has been crushed 36 occasions.
A powerful efficiency final outing within the 1-1 draw at West Brom, as Solskjaer talked about, has made De Gea troublesome to drop for now.
However United are engaged on Henderson’s recreation, in search of the marginal beneficial properties that may advance his profession.
Relating to distributing the ball to gamers inside his personal half, Henderson has a 90.29 per cent accuracy charge this season, in comparison with 88.32 from De Gea.
Nonetheless, the Spaniard is proving more proficient at discovering team-mates within the opposition half, topping Henderson by 31.03 per cent to 16.42 per cent in that class.
An early likelihood for Marcus Rashford in opposition to Sociedad got here from a kick upfield by Henderson that gave the striker an opportunity to run behind the Spanish workforce’s defence.
It was no fluke that the goalkeeper virtually created a aim, with United encouraging Henderson to strengthen that space of his recreation.
“He was very stable, good kicking and will have – ought to have – had an help for Marcus,” Solskjaer mentioned, “which is one other factor we labored on.”
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