Man Utd starlet Dean Henderson not ready to take over from David De Gea as No1, insists John Barnes


MANCHESTER UNITED should entrust David de Gea with the No1 jersey for at least another year, says John Barnes.

With Dean Henderson knocking on his door, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a huge decision to make over his first-choice goalkeeper for next season.

Many have called for the Sheffield United loanee to be given the promotion after impressing in a two-year spell at Bramall Lane.

Meanwhile, De Gea has made a number of high-profile errors despite earning a contract to become United’s top-earner.

Former England and Liverpool star Barnes believes Henderson’s lack of experience under the Red Devils’ microscope means another loan move may be his best option.

Barnes, 56, told BonusCodeBets: “The only reason for Dean Henderson to come back to Manchester United should be for him to be No1.

“What’s the point for him if he’s only brought back to sit on the bench and put pressure on David De Gea to ensure he plays well?

“I still think De Gea is a No1, he made a couple of mistakes recently, but so has Dean Henderson.

“Henderson’s mistakes don’t necessarily get noticed at Sheffield United, while mistakes at Manchester United are highlighted under a microscope.

“I don’t think Henderson is ready to come to United.

“Whether he thinks he’s got a better chance at getting in the team right now or not, the best thing for him to do is to keep gaining experience playing top-level football and showing what he can do at a Sheffield United or another Premier League side, for at least another year.”

De Gea, 29, has 112 league clean sheets from over 300 appearances for United since arriving in 2011.

Long considered one of the top shot-stoppers in the world, he has declined since a poor 2018 World Cup for Spain.

And United’s 3-1 defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final came after two horrible mishaps from the keeper.

Henderson has not been without errors himself, conceding a late winner to Liverpool earlier in the season when Georginio Wijnaldum’s shot slipped through his fingertips.

The 23-year-old has 13 clean sheets in the league this season with only the top-two conceding fewer than the Blades’ tally of 36.


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