In Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s eleven there was a novelty at Nuevo Los Cármenes, David de Gea was a starter for the first time this season in a Europa League match. Good news for Spanish, then he put his gloves back on after his paternity leave and have been on the bench against Brighton in the Premier, or not? Being a starter in European competition usually means one thing, number one is another …
Dean Henderson returned this year from his double assignment at Sheffield United mature and ready to metaphorically discuss the position with De Gea. The Europa League was their hunting ground, as the Spaniard was chosen by Ole in five of the six games that the Red Devils they played in the Champions League. Clear sign of confidence in the veteran and message for the novice. But Henderson, at 24, has been taking advantage of the opportunities that have been presented to him, earning the approval of United legends and making a Solskjaer who had always defended De Gea doubt.
The special permission granted to the Spanish international for the birth of Yanay lit a fuse that seems to have exploded this Thursday. The English international started in the three games in which De Gea was not available, which ended with three clean sheets. (Crystal Palace, Manchester City and West Ham). However, as we progressed, against Brighton, ‘1’ was already back, but the starter was ’26’.
Solskjaer maintains that he has two starting goalkeepers, but after the match against Granada, Paul Scholes, legend red devil and fervent defender of Henderson, it is not so clear. “Who’s number one here? Ole says both, but he’s not. When De Gea’s wife had a baby, she gave Henderson a chance to be number one. I think the one who plays in the Premier League is, but have you totally convinced Ole? “, he says. Although, yes, he broke a spear in favor of the Spaniard:”Without what De Gea has done these four or five years, United would have been a mid-table team. It wouldn’t completely remove him from the equation. “
Statistics backs Henderson
In England, however, there is speculation about the final goodbye of who has been the watchword of United’s goal since he arrived from Atleti in 2011. There is even talk of compensation to facilitate the termination of his succulent contract (he is on the podium of the Premier in this sense). With the numbers in hand, Henderson is clearly the winner of the duel. 37 goals conceded and 11 clean sheets for De Gea, 14 against and 12 against clean sheet in the matches played by the Whitehaven.
The number of rivals that De Gea has faced has been much greater, as well as the pressure to which he has been subjected. It remains to be seen if the youngest can endure these conditions as David has done for so many years. It will be necessary to look closely at the next eleven holder of United, against Tottenham de Mourinho (Sunday, 5:30 p.m.), an important rival, because seeing Dean Henderson in him would represent the confirmation of the overtaking.