Gary Neville reveals ‘serious concerns’ over De Gea, Henderson rivalry

Date published: Saturday 12th September 2020 12:58

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could have a big issue on his hands if he doesn’t decide on an undisputed No 1 in the Manchester United goal this season.

Dean Henderson has returned to Old Trafford after two years of outstanding growth at Sheffield United. He will compete with long-term No 1 David De Gea for a place in the side.

Solskjaer will hope that by having both stoppers competing, it will help raise standards in goal. De Gea made quite a few uncharacteristic blunders last season – leading to some scathing criticism from Roy Keane.

However, rather than lifting United, Gary Neville has expressed grave doubts over the new set-up.

“The idea that Dean Henderson would come into Manchester United and replace David de Gea as No.1 goalkeeper straight away… it won’t happen, I can guarantee it won’t happen,” he told Sky Sports.

“This has got ‘problem’ written all over it. The one area of the pitch where you need consistency and stability is your goalkeeper.

“You need to know who your No.1 is, you cannot be flip-flopping. It just does not work; I’ve never seen it work at any club or at international level.

“Where there is a decision to be made about two goalkeepers you have to pick your No.1, go with him and stick with him, even if there is a mistake.


“Once you take David de Gea out of the team and put Henderson in, you may as well forget about De Gea. That’s coming from my experiences at United.

“The period between Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar we had Ricardo, Fabien Barthez, Mark Bosnich, Roy Carroll, Tim Howard, Massimo Taibi, many goalkeepers over a five to six-year period and there was inconsistency that certainly didn’t help.”



Man Utd set big price for unwanted duo

United, meanwhile, want to earn a combined €30million (£27.7million) for the sales of unwanted duo Diogo Dalot and Marcos Rojo, according to a report.

United have had a quiet transfer window to date, dominated by their prolonged hunt for Jadon Sancho. Indeed, Donny van de Beek is the only confirmed arrival at Old Trafford.

Andreas Pereira, Diogo Dalot Man Utd

However, the Red Devils do have plans to trim their squad before the October deadline. Several fringe players – including Dalot and Rojo – are on the exit list after failing to make their mark.

According to the Daily Record, United have now set in stone their financial plans for the duo.

United‘s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward reportedly wants to recover the £20.3million fee the club paid Porto for the Portuguese in 2018.

However, that could be a tall ask, given he has barely featured of late. The 21-year-old only made 11 appearances last season and only four in the Premier League.


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