Dean Henderson has grown in leaps and bounds during his loan spell at Sheffield United and that very same time David De Gea has seen a dip in form at Man United.
De Gea has been the saving grace for Man United over the past couple of seasons but recently his performances have been under the scanner as the once-reliable keeper has been making a fair amount of silly errors.
And now that Dean Henderson is set to remain at Man United during the 2020-21 season, the jury has been out on whether David De Gea is going to be pushed into the background.
Speaking on this very same topic, Man United legend Edwin van der Sar has claimed that there’s no doubt that Hendo will push for that elusive No 1 spot but, at the same time, David De Gea still has a lot to offer.
“That’s what it’s always been about,” said van der Sar on competition for places, when asked about it during Wednesday’s episode of MUTV Group Chat, via Manutd.com.
“When you’re a young player, you look up to the guys who are in the first team. Then when you start training [with them] you start to challenge and start to work hard so you’re ready when that moment comes.”
“When you get that chance you need to grab it. Some boys are lucky in that you might win, score or give an assist, or you might be unfortunate and lose a game and then the manager might think it’s difficult to bring you in another time.
“Of course David has been fantastic. The moment he took over [from me] he has the Player of the Year [Award] many times and he’s been amazing for the club.
“Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] will take a look at how the competition in the team is and which goalkeeper works best with the defence.
“To be fair, I was quite impressed with Dean’s rise with Sheffield, but David has been great for United. He has made some mistakes but I’ve made them myself also, every player makes mistakes.
“It’s about the moment in which you make them – are they at 0-0? Is your team bailing you out? Could a striker score an injury-time goal so the mistake you made goes into the background?
“I’m sure that David will be the force that he has been for the club and hopefully now with the investment in the right players that are coming in, it’s looking more and more like a competitive squad again to challenge for the honours. I’m sure that those two will push each other to a high level.”
There’s no doubt Dean Henderson is going to be the future No 1 at Manchester United but for now, it will be David De Gea who will remain the man between the posts for the Premier League matches while the youngster is given time out in cup competitions.