Why De Gea Could Lose His First-choice Position Sooner Than Expected


Manchester United goaltender David De Gea has been advised by former goalkeeper Eric Steele to improve his game if he must remain the club’s first choice goalkeeper for a long period of time.

The ex-Manchester United goalkeeping coach believes United goaltender Dean Henderson, who is on loan at Sheffield United, has all it takes to be the first choice goalie at the Theatre of Dreams judging by his awesome display for the newly promoted Premier League side so far.

Steele claimed that United will find it difficult to send the youngster on another loan deal as he will be retained to compete with De Gea for a spot in Solskjaer’s first eleven.

According to Steele while speaking to the Athletic, Henderson possesses the physical appearance needed.

Henderson’s performance this season won him a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad at the ongoing international break but it is very unlikely he will make his debut for the team.

Nonetheless, Steele believes the goalie has a great future ahead and it is a matter of time before he replaces De Gea as United’s first-choice goalminder.

He said: “He (Henderson) has all the physical attributes you need. Plus that cockiness and confidence about him. He sees himself as the biggest challenger to David De Gea at Manchester United and I love that.”

“I have no problems with that. He is doing the right thing and getting experience at a good club. He is still a young keeper. Peter Schmeichel didn’t come to Old Trafford until he was 28.”

“But Richard Hartis will be asking, ‘Who is going to challenge De Gea?’ I am sure Dean will be thinking he can be the number one at Manchester United.” he added.


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