Dean Henderson is the man of the moment at Manchester United after playing a key role in a derby win over Manchester City.
Henderson’s long throw upfield launched a quick United attack for the team’s second goal, with Luke Shaw scoring his first of the season in a 2-0 win at The Etihad.
What was most impressive was Henderson’s contribution at the other end.
Henderson kept a clean sheet, his fifth in a row for Manchester United.
This follows the clean sheet against Crystal Palace in midweek, back to back shut outs against Real Sociedad, and another against West Ham in a FA Cup tie which went to extra time.
Henderson conceded twice against Liverpool in the FA Cup win, twice against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup defeat. In between there was a clean sheet against Watford, and earlier, another at Everton.
In total Henderson has kept nine clean sheets from 15 appearances, conceding 10 goals in total during these matches.
More than a stand-in
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is gradually phasing Henderson in at United, and he is grabbing his chance.
De Gea is out currently after travelling back to Spain for the birth of his child. He won’t give up the spot without a fight, especially with a Euro 2021 place up for grabs.
In the summer, United will have a decision to make. This has been a good test for Henderson, and he is stepping up very impressively.
A report in The Sun claimed over the weekend that Mauricio Pochettino is keen on signing David de Gea for PSG. After the Spaniard shut out Spurs memorably in a 1-0 win in January 2019, you can’t blame him for wanting him.
This could be a logical exit route for De Gea, to reunite with pal Ander Herrera too. The French champions are one of the very few clubs in Europe who could afford to pay the goalkeeper’s wages.
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