For Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, David De Gea remains loyal. The high standards of the Spanish international have dropped drastically in the last 18 months, while benefiting from the support of his manager, who estimates that he could spend another 10 years at the top. And those words are probably not going too well with Dean Henderson, who is eager to replace the 29-year-old as number one at the club.
Speaking ahead of United’s Premier League clash with Southampton on Monday night, however, Solskjaer backed the striker.
He even went so far as to insist that the 29-year-old could be the club’s No. 1 for the next decade, saying, “David has been fantastic – since I have been here I have loved work with him.
“He came out and said he wanted to play a lot, a lot more – maybe 10 more years.
“How long he can stay at the top depends on him because it’s a pleasure to see him being humble enough to work hard with the coaches, Richard [Hartis] and Craig [Mawson]and the other goalkeepers.
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But Henderson can read these comments and decide that the time has come to leave Old Trafford.
United wants the goalkeeper to stay. The 23-year-old has thrived at Bramall Lane this season and recently helped the Blades beat Chelsea 3-0.
Solskjaer spoke vividly of the talent the youngster possesses, supporting him to be the No. 1 club and country in the future.
The problem is, however, that Henderson doesn’t want to wait. He’s feeling pretty good right now and has outdone De Gea this quarter.
United are expected to offer Henderson a new and improved contract when the goalkeeper returns to Old Trafford at the end of the campaign.
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But he may not sign it. Especially with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, determined to take him to Stamford Bridge when the transfer window reopens.
Express Sport understands that the Blues are really sold on Henderson and want it to replace the erratic Kepa Arrizabalaga in the next mandate, with the Spanish star in the eyes of Valencia.
And with Solskjaer insisting that De Gea might have another decade in him, Henderson could decide that the time has come to go elsewhere.
United don’t want to happen. They know they have a sensational talent on their hands, which they hope to nurture over the next few years.
But their hand can be forced. And what ultimately happens remains to be seen.
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