Ex-Man Utd midfielder credits influence of back-up player for improved de Gea form

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Darren Fletcher has credited the influence of Dean Henderson for the upturn in form of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

After a difficult couple of years, de Gea has shown signs of improvement so far this season despite not keeping a clean sheet as of yet.

He made a fine save to deny Callum Wilson as United beat Newcastle 4-1 on Saturday. He also pulled off some fine stops in his side’s win over PSG in the Champions League on Tuesday.

And Fletcher believes the competition that his understudy Henderson is providing is behind those performances.

Speaking on BT Sport (via the Independent) he said: “People wonder why Henderson was kept around, and it was to push David.

“[Sergio] Romero was always happy to be number two. De Gea’s performance tonight was fantastic. Dean Henderson is a threat but he has a lot to learn.

“He [de Gea] had a period where he was making mistakes, it wasn’t just one game. But Ole backed him, so Ole deserves credit too.”

Henderson impressed while on loan with Sheffield United last term, leading to calls for him to replace an out of sorts de Gea.


He committed his long-term future to the Red Devils in the summer and chose to stay at Old Trafford over another loan move in order to stake a claim to become the number one ‘keeper.

However, he has been unable to displace de Gea so far and has watched all four of United’s Premier League games from the bench.

The 23-year-old has made two appearances in the Carabao Cup though, keeping clean sheets in both.

French international defends United star Pogba

Kingsley Coman has defended his France teammate Paul Pogba, who continues to receive criticism for his displays.

Pogba hasn’t hit the heights many expected of him after returning to Manchester in 2016. As a result, his efforts are often put under the spotlight and harshly critiqued.

But Coman, who also played with Pogba at Juventus, has argued that people may not understand his role in the team.

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