Updated: Apr 16
Dean Henderson's displays have helped Chris Wilder’s newly-promoted stars edge closer to the Premier League's top four.
According to the Metro, Chelsea are interested in signing United star Dean Henderson in a £50m deal that would see him replace Kepa Arrizabalaga at Stamford Bridge.
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Chris Turner says boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should keep his faith with Spain international David de Gea despite the emergence of Dean Henderson. Henderson has been impressive since he went on loan to Sheffield United two seasons ago and is hoping to return to Old Trafford to become United’s No.1 shot-stopper. The 23-year-old's loan deal with Chris Wilder’s newly-promoted Blades at Bramall Lane expires when the 2019-20 season eventually comes to an end, and Turner, who spent three seasons [1985-1988] with the Red Devils, reckons Henderson will have to endure the wait to take De Gea's spot.
“He’s on contract at United for another two years but clearly he is making great strides and is proving himself a top keeper in the making,” Turner told the Mirror. “In many ways he’s in a great position but his next step is vital and the worry for United is that if he doesn’t see a way past De Gea he’ll want to leave. “He won’t be happy to go back and sit in United’s reserves and you couldn’t blame him because he has the potential to be a fantastic keeper.
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“I’m sure United know that – and that’s why it’s such a tough decision for Solskjaer. “I can’t see Solskjaer shoving De Gea out of the first team to make way for Dean. He’s recently signed a big long-term deal and is firmly established.
“He’s proved himself a top keeper the last few years and, although he’s made some mistakes the last year or so, he’s still one of the very best around.
“De Gea broke into the first team when he was only 21. Henderson is already two years older and I’m certain he could do the job but ditching De Gea would be a huge call.
“The best solution might be another season on loan with the Blades. He can get all the fulfilment he needs there while he continues to develop at a good club doing very well in the Premier League. “But that would mean a third year there and Henderson may want to be settled with a permanent deal and his future sorted. “And what then? Solskjaer would only be putting off the big decision.”
Turner is convinced goalkeeper Henderson has what it takes to handle the pressure at Old Trafford.
“I live in Sheffield and have watched plenty of him,” the former Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday star said.
“I’ve been at the Blades training ground and chatted with Chris Wilder who says Henderson is very motivated and believes in himself. He’d love to keep him permanently but he’d cost a lot of money in a fee and wages. “Chris publicly criticised Henderson for letting Gini Wijnaldum’s shot squirm under him against Liverpool last September. “It was a harsh lesson – but good man-management. That spotlight might have affected some young players but Chris knows Henderson’s mentality and the lad responded brilliantly and showed his character.”
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