Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a big decision to make.
Ever since Dean Henderson returned to Old Trafford from a formidable mortgage at Sheffield United, debate surrounding who Manchester United’s long-term No 1 must be has been rife.
David de Gea, in his tenth season at Old Trafford, has saved the shirt for the vast majority of Premier League video games and has a contract till 2023, however Henderson has impressed within the second half of the season, and the sensation is it is a matter of time earlier than he takes over as United’s essential goalkeeper.
So, do Solskjaer and United give 30-year-old De Gea one other yr? Or will they give the impression of being to money in on the Spaniard, who has two years remaining on his deal, and promote Henderson to No 1?
With the assistance of Sky Sports News’ north-west reporter James Cooper, we assess the scenario, the economics, the stats and what’s been mentioned…
The economics: Henderson is sensible
With the coronavirus pandemic hurting even Europe’s elite golf equipment – debt was up 16 per cent to £455.5m following 12 months of the coronavirus pandemic at United – Cooper believes United and Solskjaer will have a look at the scenario from each a cost-effective and age perspective.
With that thought of, there’s a clear winner in Henderson, but when the membership have been to promote De Gea, they could wrestle to get worth.
“It’s a really difficult one. From one point of view, Ole knows he has to make a decision. He has to be that Manchester United manager who comes up with a decision, rather than leaving it to fester.
“I believe it might be the case that conversations have been had with David de Gea about what the long run appears to be like like.
“The way I think they’ll look at it is in an economical sense and an age sense. Henderson is 24 years old, De Gea is 30. De Gea is probably still the better goalkeeper, and has been player of the year at United four times.
“In David de Gea, United have a participant who is aware of the material of the membership, has performed within the largest video games, been there for 10 years, and is their highest earner. But clearly, the economics aren’t nice in the intervening time – you are paying him £350k-a-week in the intervening time – so how do you resolve that drawback? You resolve it by promoting him for £40-50m in a regular market. But I do not see that occuring on this market.
“What I do perhaps see happening is him going on loan somewhere, and Manchester United picking up the majority of his wages. If you let David de Gea go, and he goes and plays for someone else in Spain and does well, it won’t hurt them too much.
“If Dean Henderson finally ends up at Chelsea or one other English membership, enjoying for 10 years and turning into the very best goalkeeper on earth, it hurts much more. He can be Manchester United No 1, and he can be England No 1. I believe that decision is already made, but it surely’ll be fascinating to see how that pans out.”
‘There’s a confidence in Henderson’
Henderson has performed a much bigger position within the second half of the 2020/21 season, with De Gea given a month off in early March to be along with his spouse for the start of their first baby.
The 24-year-old has registered 12 clear sheets in 18 full video games this season, and has conceded simply 4 objectives in his final 9 appearances, however Cooper says there may be nonetheless an unknown about Henderson given he’s but to play in entrance of followers for Manchester United.
“We haven’t seen Dean Henderson tested in front of the fans at Old Trafford, but I think Solskjaer has to make a decision, and it’s more likely he’ll make the decision to go with Henderson in the long-term.
“I do know a number of Manchester United followers level the finger on the purpose they conceded towards AC Milan within the first leg at Old Trafford – it was an error, however he wasn’t the one participant to make an error in that free-kick motion.
“But with 12 clean sheets in 18 full games this season, there’s clearly a confidence in him. He is extremely driven as a player.
“When Ole is looking at the situation, he will think about how to manage each player. De Gea is a player he’s known for a long time, he knows how to manage him, he’s assured and won’t cause you too many problems.
“Henderson is pushed, formidable, and I’m certain he’s satisfied in his personal thoughts that he’s higher than De Gea and higher than anybody within the England set-up. It’s whether or not Ole desires the problem of that as nicely.
“Ole will also look at what’s good for Manchester United; Henderson is 24, and they can maybe get 10 years of him at the top of his game.”
The stats: Henderson in entrance, however has he been examined but?
In phrases of Premier League time this season, Henderson pips De Gea in nearly all areas, together with save share, clear sheets, objectives conceded and xG prevented.
United’s win share with Henderson can also be increased, however the 24-year-old has performed lower than 1 / 4 of the minutes De Gea has appeared in (494 to 2,115).
Taking in all competitions, the place the 2 goalkeeper’s minutes performed are extra comparable – Henderson’s 1,695 to De Gea’s 2,565 – Henderson’s statistics are nonetheless spectacular. He has conceded a purpose each 130 minutes in all competitions, in contrast with De Gea’s 69 minutes, and his save share is 79 per cent in contrast to De Gea’s 65 per cent, with a win share of 68 to 52.
But has Henderson been examined but?
Some will argue that Henderson has performed lesser opposition in his 19 appearances for United this season, however two of his Europa League appearances have come towards AC Milan, three of his six Premier League appearances have come towards top-five sides (West Ham twice, Man City as soon as) whereas 5 of his eight home cup appearances have come towards Liverpool, Man City, Everton, Leicester and West Ham.
Taking a more in-depth have a look at the kind of photographs each De Gea and Henderson face within the Premier League, nonetheless, present a stark distinction.
De Gea has confronted 82 photographs within the Premier League, with 38 per cent aimed on the backside corners. He has saved 65 per cent of these.
Henderson, alternatively, has confronted 22 photographs within the Premier League, with simply 18 per cent within the backside corners, saving 75 per cent. Incredibly, Henderson is but to face a Premier League shot within the high corners, whereas eight per cent of De Gea’s photographs have been within the high corners, saving 57 per cent of these.
What Solskjaer has mentioned…
Typically, Solskjaer has been supportive of each Henderson and De Gea within the media. In June 2020 he claimed Henderson could be a future England and United No 1, and has since admitted Henderson “isn’t the most patient” of gamers, whereas additionally sticking up for De Gea after media criticism.
June 2020, on Henderson:
“He’s learning all the time, he’s passionate ‘keeper, he’s developing, he’s had good coaching there – and for me, one day he’ll be England No 1 and United No 1 and he needs to keep developing.”
February 2021, on Henderson:
“Dean has done very well when he’s got the chance and he’s matured. For me, he’s developed his game. I know he’s not played as many games as he would’ve done last season, but you see every game when he plays and in training his improvement, working hard on a couple of aspects that we’ve spoke about with him.
“I’ve been impressed along with his perspective and work price. He’s not essentially the most affected person man. He desires to play each sport as a result of he is aware of that he’ll carry out nicely, so lengthy could it proceed as a result of he is improved since he is come right here.”
“His presence on the market, you recognize there is a future high, high ‘keeper on the market.”
March 2021, on De Gea:
“David has been right here for 10 years and he has been completely good for us. He has pulled off save after save, season after season, on the highest degree.
“Dean is learning. Dean is getting better and better, he’s improving. There is no such thing as an undisputed No 1 here. You have got to perform.
“I’m not blind. I’ve seen the media within the final couple of weeks, with folks writing David off. That is totally mistaken. David is a high, high goalkeeper.”