According to Michael Owen, Dean Henderson may become Manchester United’s current number one goalkeeper after David de Gea picked up an injury.
Since his £ 19 million ($ 25m) move to Old Trafford from Atletico Madrid in June 2011, De Gea has acted as United’s first-choice keeper.
In all competitions, the Spanish international has tallied up 419 appearances for the Red Devils while having his hands on the Premier League, the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League, making himself one of the best shot-stoppers in Europe in the process.
Over the last couple of years, however, his forces have deteriorated considerably, with simple handling and placement mistakes creeping into his game that have contributed to some high-profile failures.
In the first 18 months of his reign, Solskjaer saw De Gea cost United a range of vital points, with a horror show against Chelsea in last season’s FA Cup semi-finals arguably marked his lowest point.
After a two-year loan stint at Sheffield United with a view to vying for a regular spot in the side, Henderson returned to Manchester over the summer, but once again had to play second fiddle to De Gea.
However on Sunday, after De Gea sustained a knee injury in the first half of United’s 3-2 victory at Southampton, Henderson was dealt his first Premier League start of the season, and he could now be set for a squad run depending on the extent of the 30-year-crisis. old’s
Owen thinks that because of concerns that he might create a divide in the locker room, Solskjaer had resisted making a move between the sticks, but says the ideal chance has now emerged for the Norwegian to bring in a new keeper without bearing any burden of shame.
“The former Red Devils striker told Premier League TV, “When you dream of replacing the goalkeeper, now is the moment.
I don’t think he wants a fight with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. I don’t think he wants to drop him.
Then all of a sudden, in this case,’ oh, you went off injured and he didn’t do anything wrong.
“It is the best chance. Whether in the last few months, when mistakes were made, he has some of those feelings, now is your moment.’