Manchester United must axe Dean Henderson this summer after he failed to take his chance at the end of last season.
What’s the story?
The 24-year-old started 10 of United’s final 12 Premier League fixtures but made several errors during his spell between the sticks, leading to doubts over the England international’s ability.
According to Football Insider, United are prepared to part ways with Henderson after being unimpressed with his attitude and they are open to offers as they plan a complete overhaul of the goalkeeping department.
He’s been shocking
With regular first-choice shot-stopper David de Gea back in his native Spain following the birth of his child, Henderson was rewarded with regular game time at the backend of 2020/21.
However, mistakes against Leicester City and AC Milan were compounded by a shocking display against United’s fierce rivals Liverpool.
The youngster was arguably at fault for two of the Anfield outfit’s four goals. His poor performance drew criticism from several pundits, including Roy Keane.
“He looks so small in the goals, that’s my worry (over) Henderson,” said the former United captain.
“He has a good mentality, good temperament, and is good with his feet, but I’ve seen a few goals go in recently where he looks so small in the goals. Tonight he may look at it and go “it’s not my best night”, but he needs a run of games.
“They can’t go back to De Gea, I don’t think that’s the final answer either. He (Henderson) is going to make mistakes, of course, but my worry is his presence. He looks so small, which is a big concern going forward.”
While Henderson did appear to offer an improvement compared to De Gea, at least in terms of the underlying numbers, recording a save percentage of 76% compared to the Spaniard’s 67% and conceding 0.96 goals per league game compared to De Gea’s 1.25, his suitability for a prospective title-winning side remains in doubt.
In reality, neither keeper may be good enough for the 20-time English champions, but the fact that De Gea’s £350,000-per-week wage packet dwarfs Henderson’s £100,000-per-week contract makes the Englishman far easier to get out of the exit door.
Sergio Romero has already departed this summer, yet Tom Heaton’s arrival means Solskjaer is well-stocked in goal, meaning someone will have to follow the Argentine if United want to bolster their options between the sticks.