After overcoming initial difficulties and adapting to the demands of English football, David de Gea has been the first-choice keeper at Manchester United.
The Spaniard’s place in the starting XI has not been challenged over the years, but that could change in the coming months or years, because of Dean Henderson’s rise.
Henderson came up through the ranks of the Red Devils’ academy and has been away on loan since 2016.
He is currently temporarily at Sheffield United and has impressed for the Blades this term. The goalkeeper has conceded only 27 goals in 31 matches, keeping 11 clean sheets in the process.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has recently backed the 23-year-old to be the future No.1 for United and England, which has pleased the keeper.
“It is very nice to hear what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to say about me. It is an honour,” Henderson told TV2.
With a contract at Old Trafford until 2022, the English custodian stressed a decision on where he will play next season will only be taken after the competition of this campaign.
“The talks about what to do in the summer will take place after the season. I have to think about what’s best for me, and so does the club,” the United owned player explained.
“No matter where I play next season, I think everyone agrees that I need to play football regularly. I have shown what level I am at, and can be on, this season.”
“There will also be a European Championship next summer which I am very eager to play. So, it’s clear that I want to play every week so Gareth Southgate is aware of me.”
“It feels like I have had to show how good I am, without much help from others in recent years. It has been a tough journey for me, and I will always remember the tough times. But fortunately, there are good times now. It feels good to be able to sit back and see that people recognise me.”