Gary Neville sends Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stark Dean Henderson and Man Utd warning
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Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has cast doubt on whether Dean Henderson can replace David de Gea after he made his first Premier League appearance on Sunday.
Henderson impressed on loan at Sheffield United in the past two seasons and returned to Old Trafford in the summer to put pressure on De Gea, who had suffered a dip in form last term.
But manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer kept faith with De Gea this season and the Spaniard has looked more like his old self making a number of fine saves.
Henderson is understood to be open to another loan move in January to build his experience and seal a place in the England squad for the European Championship next summer.
Dean Henderson is keen to be a regular starter at Manchester United
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In the long-term Henderson sees himself as United's next No 1 but Neville doesn't believe De Gea will be stepping aside any time soon.
"I think De Gea's is the No 1. Henderson has got a lot to do in my mind," Neville Viaplay Fotball.
"I don't get carried away by a young, talented goalkeeper at Manchester United. I've seen it before in the last 25 years where there have been young talented goalkeepers, who have threatened to come in.
Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson and David de Gea warming up together
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"But to stand in those goals for that club, particularly when fans come back into the stadium they are big boots to fill.
"Only Edwin van der Sar and Schmeichel have filled those boots in my time. De Gea has been better this season. I was nervous about him towards the end of last season.
"I think even Ole would have been looking at him and thinking: 'You're not far from being left out'.
"Now he has stuck with him, which I think is the right thing to do.
"If you take someone like him out you have to make sure you are absolutely certain because once you take him out you really are moving his confidence away and you may as well leave the club.
"It is exciting that Henderson is coming through but I reserve my judgement whether he can become somebody who could go in Manchester United's goal for the next ten years."