Manchester United have a lot of talented goalkeepers on their books. But, given his contract situation and recent poor form, doubts remain over the long-term future of David de Gea.

Sergio Romero is a more than able backup but, at 32, he is approaching the twilight of his career.

Contrast that with Joel Pereira and Dean Henderson who, at 22, could be the future at Old Trafford.

Pereira is touted as a potential number one at United. However, Henderson’s ability cannot be ignored, especially after a stellar season on loan at Sheffield United.

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According to the Sun (2 May page 56), the newly-promoted Blades will have to pay £7million to sign Henderson permanently this summer. Yet United would be wise to prolong his temporary stint, rather than bid farewell for good.

 

After all, United know how hard it is to find a quality stopper and they currently have two outstanding youngsters raring to go.

If Henderson excels on loan in the top flight next season, they will know exactly what he is capable of. Then it could be a straight fight between him and Pereira to be United’s number one for the next decade.

That would be a far better problem for United to have than another £7million in the bank.