Dean Henderson has been handed six games to stake his claim as Manchester United's number one goalkeeper after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly told David de Gea to take as much time as he needs.
De Gea has returned to Spain to be with his partner Edurne, who is expecting their first child, and according to the Daily Mail, has been told not rush back and take time off until the international break ends.
If the rumours are true, this means that Henderson has been given a chance to prove himself and challenge the Spaniard for the No 1 jersey. The 23-year-old has already filled in for De Gea this season during Wednesday night’s draw at Crystal Palace and will stay in goal for the Premier League games against Manchester City and West Ham, the Europa League doubleheader with Milan, and the FA Cup quarter-final at Leicester.
Henderson has played four times in the Premier League for the Red Devils this season, but has kept clean sheets against Southampton and Crystal Palace. He also played in all seven of United’s domestic cup games, only conceding goals to Manchester City and Liverpool.
When asked about De Gea’s absence on Wednesday, Solskjaer said: “I can’t really say about David, it’s a private matter. Dean is ready if he’s called upon, you saw that. He kept his concentration.
"I think maybe it would have been called offside [against Van Aanholt] but at the moment I thought that Dean saved us a point because it looked like that was a deciding moment and that was probably the biggest chance of the game, apart from Marcus in the first-half."