The goalkeeper has had his playing time limited since returning from loan, but could be online for more minutes against West Ham in the FA Cup
Dean Henderson is set to step in and play more regularly for Manchester United after impressing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in training.
The England international has been on the outskirts this season after returning to the club after a successful loan to Sheffield United last season, but he could be online for more minutes after impressing his manager with his development.
Henderson will likely have another chance to prove his credentials when United host West Ham in the FA Cup fifth round at Old Trafford on Tuesday night after David de Gea’s mistakes contributed to a 3-3 draw with Everton in the Premier League on Saturday .
What did Ole Gunnar Solskjaer say?
About Henderson: “He played well when he got the chance. For me he has developed his game, I know he hasn’t played as many games as he would have last season – you see every game when he plays and in training you see his improvement , he is working hard on a few aspects that we talked about. And I was impressed by his attitude and his pace of work.
“He’s not the most patient guy – he wants to play every game because he knows he will play well as long as this continues because he has improved since coming here.”
When did Henderson play?
Henderson has started nine games this season and made 10 total appearances after coming off the bench when he replaced De Gea at halftime in the win over Southampton at St Mary’s in November.
He has been favored in cup competitions, starting all six Carabao Cup and FA Cup games this season, while chances in the league have been limited to just two starts, one against West Ham and another against L former Sheffield United loan club. He also started in the 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League.
In his 10 appearances in all competitions, he has conceded nine goals.
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The Spaniard seemed unfazed, despite his high-profile mistakes and with Henderson breathing his neck out. He was guilty of goals from Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dominic Calvert-Lewin at Old Trafford on Saturday night and, while Solskjaer wouldn’t blame his first-choice goalkeeper, he warned all his players that none of them were guaranteed a place in the start XI.
“Every player has to earn the right to earn their place of course,” replied Solskjaer when asked if De Gea’s place was untouchable. “We’re a very competitive team and that applies to absolutely everyone on the team – and the same goes for all of us.”
But it will remain to be seen whether Solskjaer keeps his word or not. Henderson will more than likely have his chance against West Ham on Tuesday night, but if he impresses, will Solskjaer put his money where his mouth is and give him another start in the league? He can’t wait to play more but De Gea is untouchable, especially when it comes to league games.