Why did Solskjaer Pick Dean Henderson Over De Gea?

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explained why he chose to play Dean Henderson versus Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Manchester United stuck with David De Gea as their Number 1 from the start of the season. Based on how he played in the Manchester Derby everyone expected him to start.

Consequently, Ole spoke of his already proposed plan to play Dean against Blades. Bramall Lane was home for Dean Henderson for 2 seasons as he spent those years as Sheffield United’s starting goalkeeper. He also performed well for The Red Devils in his match against West Ham.

“It’s one I had pencilled in for him early on. I feel Dean is ready as well now to take these games on because he’s played well when he’s played.”

– Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Dean Henderson

Chris Wilder, Sheffield United coach, wasn’t pissed off by Ole’s selection of former player in goal even though the ex-Blades has only started once for United this season.

“You will have to ask the manager of Manchester United [why he is playing] and crack on with that,”

– Chris Wilder on Dean Henderson’s involvement against The Blades


Dean Henderson, unfortunately, messed things up in front of the sticks after just five minutes on the clock against Sheffield United. Oliver Burke did well to rob him off the ball, which was finished off by David McGoldrick with an open goal from the six-yard box.

Though it evoked bad signs for United fans initially, the game was nothing short of stellar for Deano and Manchester United. Deano made an outclass save against Mousset shot towards the end to hold the lead 3-2 and clinch victory for the Reds.

Ole spoke that he has two great goalkeepers and this was Dean’s chance to take. De Gea’s future doesn’t look to stumble in any slight ways.

The Blades are at the rock bottom of the Premier League this season. Yet, Ole took precaution considering their performance last term and deployed ex-man on the field to snatch a victory. This ironically reminds of Sir Alex Ferguson who never underestimated any team anyways.

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