De Gea vs Dean Henderson: ‘There is no such thing as an undisputed number one’

Manchester United have two top goalkeepers in their ranks, as David De Gea and Dean Henderson have been battling for a number one spot at Old Trafford this season.

De Gea has missed United’s last three matches, having been granted permission to return to Spain for the birth of his first child.

Meanwhile, there have been calls for Dean Henderson to take his place as number one goalkeeper, as De Gea has been criticised for recent errors.

Speaking ahead of the West Ham game, Manchester United boss Olé Gunnar Solskjaer, has insisted that there’s nothing like an undisputed number one goalkeeper at Manchester United, but backed what De Gea has done at the club over the past decade.

“David has been here for 10 years and he has been absolutely brilliant for us. He has pulled off save after save, season after season, at the highest level,” Solskjaer told reporters.

“Dean is learning. Dean is getting better and better, he’s improving. There is no such thing as an undisputed number one here. You have got to perform.

“I’m not blind. I have seen the media in the last couple of weeks, with people writing David off. That is completely wrong. David is a top, top goalkeeper.

“He was allowed to go home for the birth of his first kid and Dean has come in and performed really well. I am sure he will play well again.”

Solskjaer also admitted that he’s pleased to be in a situation where he has three good goalkeepers.

The Norwegian added: “I’d rather have three very good goalkeepers rather than none – and I am in the very fortunate position that I have got two really top ones.

“It’s a great position for me to be in and it’s a great challenge for the two of them.

“They know they have to perform. They have to train well, give to the team and whichever one isn’t playing has to support the other one from the bench. It’s a good dynamic.”