Scholes is talking on BT Sport just now about how it took Man Utd years to replace Peter Schmeichel and that it wasn’t until Edwin Van der Sar was signed that they really started to compete at the top level again. De Gea has definitely dropped off from where he was and it seems like his recent absence gave Solskjaer the chance to promote Henderson to first choice.
David De Gea has been told he must fight to prove he is Manchester United’s No1 after his five-week spell out of the team.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given Dean Henderson a run of games in goal during De Gea’s paternity leave and when the Spaniard returned, with the United manager set to choose between the two for tonight’s Europa League quarter-final against Granada.
Solskjaer says he had to compete with new signings when he was a player at United and it is no different for De Gea despite his status as the highest-paid goalkeeper in football after his contract agreement last season.
“When you’re a part of Man Utd there’s always players who come in and they don’t just come there to fill the bench or squad everyone has ambition to take your shirt,” said Solskjaer.
“I was there myself we signed Ruud (van Nistelrooy), Diego Forlan, Louis Saha, loads of top strikers like Dwight Yorke, Teddy Sheringham, the aim for me then is to prove to the manager, ‘okay I don’t mind you signing these but I’m still important to you and I’m still going to give everything I can to play’.
“It’s the same at right-back, left-back, centre-forward, goalkeeper. David has had 10 fantastic years at Man United and he’s had challengers who of course want to play. Sergio, he probably played less games than he deserves, Dean comes in and gives it his all and best because everyone wants that place in the team.
“David does as well and it’s a healthy competition, the nature of football and the small goalkeeping department are a very tight-knit group. They work together in prep, they have different gym sessions, they stay together more so naturally they create a bond and the spirit in the goalkeeper department is top. But it’s healthy competition and all of them want to play.”
Marcus Rashford is set to feature at Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes despite taking a knock at the weekend and missing England duty during the international break but Solskjaer is undecided whether Rashford will play from the start or come off the bench. “I don’t think he’ll be a 90-minute man so let’s see where he’s at,” said Solskjaer.
Eric Bailly must return a negative Covid-19 test before returning from Ivory Coast where he was on international duty and Anthony Martial could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury suffered when he played for France.
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