Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand insists David de Gea remains Manchester United’s number one goalkeeper despite Dean Henderson starting and keeping a clean sheet in United’s last two games.
De Gea is currently in Spain following the birth of his first child and has been granted a leave by the club until after the international break.
Henderson has performed well in De Gea’s absence, keeping a clean sheet against Crystal Palace and Manchester City.
Asked if Henderson can be United’s future number one, Ferdinand said on his Vibe with FIVE YouTube series: “Listen, it’s a battle.
“But you’ve got to listen to what Ole said in the press conference after: he’s got the shirt for now until De Gea is back. That’s what he said.
“So it looks like once De Gea comes back, he’ll be back in the team. And, at the end of the day, De Gea is the number one keeper there.
“He’s been brilliant for many seasons. Yes, he’s had the odd blip here and there but, listen, how many times has he won Player of the Year? Four times. No keeper in the history of Man United has done that.”
On whether Henderson will have enough time to cement a real claim to be United’s number one keeper, Ferdinand continued: “Dean Henderson did what he was meant to do.
“He went in there and looked commanding. So it’s down to Ole now. We have to wait and see what he does.
“It’s difficult. We all know it can be rosy this week and not the next.
“Listen, I hope he does well, young English goalkeeper, but at the moment I’ve got to be honest, I’d go with David de Gea for his experience, he’s the number one goalkeeper.”