Manchester United’s goalkeeping situation has been much-discussed this season.

David de Gea remains Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s number one but faces stiff competition from Dean Henderson.

The 23-year-old won’t be content waiting until the EFL Cup resumes in December to get another game.

There was an argument for saying Sergio Romero was the best second choice goalkeeper in the country, but Henderson’s return killed his United career.

Now the Argentine finds himself outside United’s Champions League squad and replaced by Lee Grant on the bench for domestic cup outings.

Grant is now likely third choice, getting on with his business quietly.

And speaking to the club’s official website, the experienced Englishman drew attention to another Red Devils stopper not many people are talking about – Nathan Bishop.

Manchester United Training Session
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Bishop joined United from Southend in January but is yet to make a senior appearance for the first team.

He recently featured in the EFL Trophy game over Salford, keeping a clean sheet in a 6-0 win.


That would not appear to be any reflection on his quality as Grant said Bishop has impressed him – and the rest of the squad – in training.

“Nathan Bishop has been outstanding in training and all the lads will tell you the same.”

“David [De Gea] has come back with a really high level so I’m really pleased for David and how he has started the season.

“As Dean {Henderson] showed really well on a couple of occasions you have to be ready when called upon.”

Salford v Manchester United U21 - EFL Trophy
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The goalkeeping situation at Old Trafford looks incredibly healthy right now, with impressive stoppers not even getting a sniff of a game.

The challenge for Solskjaer is to manage the development of Bishop, alongside Henderson’s.

If he does, and Bishop keeps impressing, United could have two top English goalkeepers on their books.

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