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Dean Henderson 'furious' at Europa League final snub

Robbie Copeland
Henderson was on the bench for United's defeat to Villarreal
Henderson was on the bench for United's defeat to Villarreal / Adam Warzawa - Pool/Getty Images
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Dean Henderson is said to have been 'furious' with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's decision to start David de Gea ahead of him in the Europa League final.

Solskjaer had been alternating between his keepers for the last few games of the season, and it was Henderson who was given the nod to start at Wolves on the final day. He has had to bide his time this season but has largely impressed in his 26 appearances, and it's claimed he expected to be recalled to start against Villarreal in Gdansk.

However, De Gea has been United's European keeper since the quarter-finals, and Solskjaer opted to stick with what he knew as he looked to pick up silverware for the first time since taking over as manager.

It's harsh to blame De Gea for the Red Devils' eventual defeat, but the Spanish keeper's poor track record with penalties continued into the shootout. He failed to save any of Villarreal's 11 successful spot-kicks, and then missed his own as Unai Emery's team won it in remarkable fashion,

Henderson will undoubtedly feel he could have done better if given the nod for the shootout, and it's being claimed by the Manchester Evening News that he was left 'furious' when he learned that De Gea had been picked to start ahead of him.

Given that De Gea had started both legs against Granada and Roma, Henderson would surely have expected the same decision in Gdansk. So it seems that 'furious' may be sensationalising things a little.

But it is another symptom of an increasingly difficult situation that Solskjaer has failed to resolve this season. While showing loyalty to De Gea is clearly important to the manager, he now has two goalkeepers who reasonably expect to be number one, and it seems unlikely he will be able to keep both of them happy for much longer.

Henderson is likely to travel to the Euros with England next month and may have a big decision to make after that. If Solskjaer isn't budging on De Gea, then a move may be on the agenda, and there has been plenty of interest shown in him in the past.

Tottenham, Chelsea and West Ham have all been keeping an eye on Henderson's situation and a move to London may appeal as he looks to take the next step in his career.

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