Paul Scholes feels that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘is clearly wrong’ with his claim that both David de Gea and Dean Henderson are the number one goalkeeper at Manchester United.
Henderson was selected over De Gea for a Premier League game for the first time outright when United eventually saw off Brighton last weekend. That came after the England man had been given a run of fixtures while De Gea was on paternity leave.
However, the Spaniard was back in the starting line-up for the Europa League clash with Granada. That is despite Henderson previously being the No.1 for European clashes.
Scholes, speaking on BT Sport, believes Henderson has a good chance to impress Solskjaer. Indeed, he argued against with the Red Devils boss’ assessment that the two players are equal.
He said: “I think it’s always awkward when you’re trying to keep two goalkeepers happy. I was in a team that tried to replace Peter Schmeichel for years and it wasn’t until we got Edwin van der Sar, five or six years later, until it seemed to settle down again. Who’s number one here?
“Ole’s said both of them, he’s clearly wrong. I think he couldn’t wait to give Dean Henderson a chance and with David de Gea’s girlfriend or wife having a baby, it gave him the opportunity to play Dean Henderson, which he’s done.
“I think the number one is the one that plays in Premier League games. Has Dean Henderson totally convinced Ole? I think he’s got a big chance to do it, I don’t think he has over the past five or six games.
“You have to say, David is a quality keeper, the service he’s given to United. What he did for four or five years when United were really struggling.
“They could’ve been a mid-table team without him. He’s lost a bit of form and a bit of confidence, but I wouldn’t write him off.”
Not a perfect night for Solskjaer
Meanwhile, Solskjaer admitted it was “not a perfect night” even though Manchester United earned a “very good result” against Granada in the Europa League quarter-finals.
A Marcus Rashford goal and Bruno Fernandes penalty were enough for United on the night. They earned a 2-0 advantage from the first leg, with those two away goals set to prove useful ahead of the second leg next week.
But it could have been better for United, who only had one shot on target other than their goals. What’s more, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay all picked up bookings that rule them out of the return fixture.
Hence, Solskjaer admitted that there could have been better aspects – but hailed the confidence of his two goalscorers.
He told BT Sport: “It was not a perfect night. We got three yellow cards and three suspensions.
“2-0 is very good result. We know how difficult it is to come to Spain. We’ve got to play well to get a result.
“They [Rashford and Fernandes] have been exceptional, so important for us. It was a very good run by Rashford, takes the ball fantastically.
“Bruno is so confident on penalties even though the keeper almost saved it.”