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"He'll definitely play football for us again" - Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on David de Gea

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer chose to deploy Dean Henderson between the sticks ahead of David de Gea in Manchester United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer chose to deploy Dean Henderson between the sticks ahead of David de Gea in Manchester United's 2-1 victory over Brighton on Sunday
Varun Totadri
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Modified 05 Apr 2021
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has assured fans that David de Gea will be given more playing time at the club.

The manager's comments come after the Spanish goalkeeper was dropped from the Red Devils squad that secured a 2-1 victory over Brighton on Sunday night.

The Norwegian tactician chose to deploy Dean Henderson between the sticks ahead of David de Gea.

Dean Henderson has established himself as Manchester United's No.1 goalkeeper in recent weeks. David de Gea was unavailable for selection as he was in Spain to attend the birth of his child.

Henderson has started Manchester United's last seven games in all competitions and has put in a string of solid performances.

The battle to become Manchester United's first-choice goalkeeper has been ongoing since the start of the season.

David de Gea has been Manchester United's No.1 since joining the club from Atletico Madrid in 2011. The Spaniard developed into one of the best goalkeepers in the world during his time at Old Trafford and has won the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award four times.

However, the 30-year-old has become more prone to errors in recent years and has been largely inconsistent over the last couple of seasons.

Dean Henderson, on the other hand, returned to Manchester United after a brilliant season on loan with Sheffield United last year. The 24-year-old is currently in the running to become England's first-choice goalkeeper for the 2021 European Champions. Many fans and pundits believe he should also be the first-choice keeper for Manchester United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's decision to play Henderson over De Gea against Brighton has led many to believe that the former is the manager's preferred option in goal.

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However, the Manchester United manager has insisted that David de Gea will be back in the starting line-up soon. He said in the post-match conference:

"I've got two great goalkeepers, two number ones. David de Gea spent a while back home and then he had internationals so he hadn't played for about a month. He'll definitely play football for us again."

Manchester United could sell either David de Gea or Dean Henderson in the summer

Neither David de Gea nor Dean Henderson will fancy being Manchester United
Neither David de Gea nor Dean Henderson will fancy being Manchester United's second-choice goalkeeper next season
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has preferred to use David de Gea as his first-choice goalkeeper in the Premier League this season and has opted to use Dean Henderson in other competitions. However, the Norwegian will have to decide who his undisputed No.1 goalkeeper is this summer.

Neither De Gea nor Henderson will fancy being Manchester United's second-choice goalkeeper next season. This could lead to the sale of either one of the two shot-stoppers.

David de Gea has attracted interest from PSG and Juventus, while Dean Henderson has been linked with a host of Premier League teams.

Published 05 Apr 2021, 13:03 IST
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