Man Utd split over David de Gea loyalty and better Dean Henderson traits

Manchester United are reportedly split over whether to hand the number one role to David de Gea or Dean Henderson.

The pair have been fighting it out all season to play between the sticks.

The more established De Gea had been Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first choice, but has been away on paternity leave in recent weeks, leaving Henderson with a chance to impress.

The England international has done so too, keeping four clean sheets in his six Premier League appearances so far this term.

However, United are all too aware that this competition cannot continue into next season, with neither player happy to settle for the back-up role.

According to ESPN, Old Trafford bosses believe Henderson is a more complete goalkeeper, while his age also makes him a more exciting prospect to keep on.

But their loyalty to De Gea has to be considered, with the Spaniard now in his 10th year at the club.

There is also the matter of De Gea’s sky-high wages, which could make him hard to shift.

Henderson is not short of potential options if he fails to oust De Gea, the report goes on.

Several top clubs across Europe are being linked with the 24-year-old, who has established himself among the best with his performances this season.

With De Gea set to return to fray after the international break, Solskjaer’s team selection could give a big indication to which player he is leaning towards for next season.

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  • Former United keeper Chris Turner has backed Henderson to trump De Gea in the race to become number one, and says it is all riding on Sunday’s game against Brighton.

    "Henderson looks like he could be United’s keeper for the next 10 years,” he told the Mirror.

    “I’m not sure when the shift will come, but if Dean keeps his place against Brighton after the international break the writing will be on the wall for De Gea.

    “Let’s be clear, though, De Gea has done nothing wrong. He is still a world-class keeper and has proved himself time and again."

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