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Paul Scholes Claims Dean Henderson is Manchester United's No 1 Keeper as Battle with David de Gea Continues

Paul Scholes says that Dean Henderson has overtaken David de Gea to become number one
Paul Scholes says that Dean Henderson has overtaken David de Gea to become number one / Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Paul Scholes has claimed that Dean Henderson is Manchester United's number one goalkeeper ahead of David de Gea but needs to do more to prove himself to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Henderson returned to Old Trafford in the summer with a view to replace De Gea as the Red Devils' No1, but Scholes has insisted that he isn't willing to write off the Spaniard just yet.

He told BT Sport: "It's always awkward when you try and keep two goalkeepers happy. Who is the number one here? Ole is saying both which is clearly wrong. With David de Gea's wife having a baby, it gave Ole the chance to make Henderson number one.

"I think number one plays in Premier League but has Henderson totally convinced Ole? I think he has a big chance but I don't think he has these five or six games he's played. What David de Gea did for 4/5 years, United could have been a mid-table team without him. I wouldn't completely write him off."

Owen Hargreaves also admitted that it would be difficult for Solskjaer to remove De Gea permanently from his side. He said: "Ole's done a good job bringing Dean back in and see if he can be number one.

"I think he hasn't, I don't think he's shown he can't be, but the problem is David de Gea is still there and with the wages he's on and the success he's had it will be difficult to make that big call. If it goes well maybe he keeps it, but it will be difficult to walk away from De Gea with everything he's done for the club. It's an opportunity for Dean and so far he's taken it."

When asked who he thought would start for United if they make it to the final of the Europa League, Scholes said: "I think it will be Henderson (to play). I think Ole wants him as his number one, but still needs to convince him he'll be number one going down the line."