Dean Henderson praised by manager after excellent performance on loan at Forest

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea had a total nightmare of a performance away at Brentford at the weekend.

De Gea admitted to Sky Sports after the game that he cost Manchester United all three points with his error, allowing a shot to slip through his hands.

Arguably as bad, was his distribution, leading to other goals as he put his teammates under pressure.

Manchester United’s on loan goalkeeper Dean Henderson had a very different weekend, helping Nottingham Forest to a 1-0 victory over West Ham.

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Dean Henderson praised by manager

Henderson saved a second half penalty from Declan Rice to ensure Nottingham Forest held on to claim all three points. That’s three more than Manchester United have so far this season.

Henderson had a rating on FotMob of 9.1 – while David de Gea’s statistical rating from the same website saw the goalkeeper rated 3.9/10.

Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper was certainly pleased with Henderson’s contribution, praising his all round game in addition to his penalty save.

He told BBC Sport: “At times, you need goalkeepers to have big moments.

“The obvious thing was the penalty save but his distribution was good and his decision-making was good.

“We are a team that want to play with the ball but we had to play with a bit of caution in the second half and Dean handled that really well and he was good with his positioning.”

Henderson kept most of his passing long, with 30 of his 34 passes as long balls, ensuring his team were not put under pressure.

He also made four high claims – while David de Gea made none, one of the glaring weaknesses to his game.

There is no option to buy clause in Forest’s loan deal, so he could return to Manchester United next summer.

De Gea’s contract expires at the end of the season, and the smart move would be to let him walk out the door.

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