Neville names why Henderson may not be long-term Man Utd No 1

Date published: Thursday 3rd December 2020 8:14

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has cast doubt over Dean Henderson’s claims to being a long-term number one for the club.

The 23-year-old England stopper is being lined-up as David de Gea’s long-term sucessor at Old Trafford.

However, Neville claims he has seen too many young goalkeepers fail to live up to expectations.

United currently have two top-class stoppers tied to long-term deals, but De Gea remains Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s main man.

As a result, Henderson is having to provide back-up duties – although one pundit thinks he should replace the Spaniard.

But Neville is not too confident that Henderson can emulate the likes of Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar.

The former United defender told Viaplay Fotball, as cited by Goal: “I think De Gea is the No.1 as Henderson has a lot to do in my mind. I don’t get carried away by a young and talented goalkeeper at Manchester United.

“I’ve seen it before over the last 25 years where there have been young and talented goalkeepers who have threatened to come in but to stand in those goals at the club, in particular when fans come back into the stadium, then they are big, big boots to fill. Only Edwin van der Sar and Peter Schmeichel have filled those boots in my time, while David de Gea has now.

“I think he’s [De Gea] probably been better this season. I was nervous about him towards the end of last season. Even Ole would’ve been looking at him and thinking ‘you’re not far away from being left out’.

“But I think now he’s stuck with him, which I think is the right thing to do. If you’re going to take someone like him out then you have to make sure that you’re absolutely certain because once you take him out of the team you really are moving his confidence away and he may as well leave the club.

“For me, I think it’s exciting that Henderson is coming through. But I reserve my judgement on whether he can become somebody who can go in Manchester United’s goal in the next 10 years.”

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Henderson provided cover for De Gea when he was forced off at Southampton last weekend. But he was back on the bench as United were beaten at home by PSG in the Champions League.

No more Fred for Owen

Michael Owen says Fred would never play for him again if he Manchester United manager after his red card Wednesday night.

Fred was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the second half of the 3-1 defeat to PSG. But in reality the Brazilian should have seen red in the first half after a headbutt on Leandro Paredes.

It left former United striker fuming with Fred, who has struggled to get the fans onside at Old Trafford.

“Mistakes all round really,” Owen told BT Sport.

“It [the clash with Paredes] was a red card. You’re a grown man, you don’t need to do a petulant thing like that to put your team at risk.

“If I was a manager, and one of my players did that, he would never play for me again. It’s pathetic.” Read more…


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