Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson will hold crunch talks with Red Devils bosses over his future next week, and will tell Old Trafford bosses he wants to take David de Gea’s spot in the starting XI from next season. That’s according to a report in the Daily Mail, which claims Henderson could be in line for a new contract amid interest from Chelsea.
Henderson has been impressive while out on loan at Sheffield United.
The 23-year-old has been everpresent for Chris Wilder’s side, and has kept 13 clean sheets in the Premier League, conceding 30 in 35 games.
The Blades are desperate to keep him next season, while Chelsea have also expressed an interest.
With Kepa Arrizabalaga out of favour with Frank Lampard, the potential of the Blues making a bid this summer is still there.
Henderson signed a bumper new contract last summer to keep him at Old Trafford until 2022, but could sign an improved deal.
The Mail claims Henderson is keen to unseat De Gea in the United net, and has no intention of acting as a backup for the Spaniard.
De Gea has faced heavy criticism in recent weeks, stemming most significantly from his error against Tottenham Hotspur leading to Steven Bergwijn’s goal.
Just this weekend, he was blamed for two of Chelsea’s goals in their 3-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat.
Solskjaer remains adamant that De Gea, who is on an eye-watering £375,000-per-week, will continue to be his first-choice next season, but will still talk to Henderson about his future next week.
Former United player Paul Ince believes it could be time for Solskjaer to reexamine his options in goal, because De Gea is making mistakes he shouldn’t be making.
“Any mistake you make, as a goalkeeper, will always be magnified,” he said.
“We know that, but what we’re seeing from David de Gea at the minute are basic, schoolboy errors.
“They are errors that someone on his wage and at his level simply should not be making – and not for the first time, too.
“If you go and look at the season, there’s several absolutely horrendous mistakes that just shouldn’t be happening.
“When you make mistakes like that, you have to come out in the next couple of games and stand up and be counted – to nullify that criticism – but it seems like he isn’t capable of doing that at the moment.
“You need to prove you’re the number one goalkeeper. He made a couple of decent saves yesterday against Chelsea, but the fact is, in big games you expect that.
“In those big games, the best keepers in the world aren’t making mistakes to begin with.”