Man Utd star’s ‘luck’ is out as Scholes claims Solskjaer made a big call
Posted On March 19, 2021
Paul Scholes believes Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has now done enough to solidify his place as the club’s first-choice goalscorer.
Reports earlier in the season claimed that the 23-year-old had become frustrated and was considering leaving.
The former Sheffield United lender returned to Old Trafford last summer in an attempt to claim his position on the side. However, he stayed largely on the sidelines until recently, with David de Gea keeping his No.1 spot.
Indeed, De Gea traveled to Spain earlier this month for personal leave with his newborn baby. As such, Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has handed over Henderson the platform to earn its stripes.
Henderson put in another strong performance in Thursday’s Europa League win over AC Milan, a day he was also part of the England squad for the upcoming international break.
“I think it’s Henderson now. It is taken back, ”said Scholes BT Sport after United’s 1-0 victory over Milan.
“I thought David was lucky after the Everton game [in February] to keep his place. There were some errors there. A few things before and after that – not glaring mistakes – but I feel more confident with Henderson in that. I am a little more relaxed.
“I’m not going to try David. He was a brilliant goalkeeper and could still be if Dean doesn’t take his chance. But now is the time to give it [Henderson] a race in the team.
“He was chosen for the England squad, he should also be number one for England. He was really calm tonight and did what he did, which was for sure.
Henderson entered The shock of Thursday seeks to right the wrongs of his mistake in last week’s first leg.
United had led 1-0 at Old Trafford, but Henderson couldn’t prevent a stopper from Milan center-back Simon Kjaer.
Scholes’ expert colleague and former teammate Owen Hargreaves praised Henderson for his response in the second leg.
Henderson deserves praise for Man Utd exhibits
“You only know the players – goalie, outfield or whatever – when you make mistakes,” said Hargreaves.
“He’ll be the first to say he should have saved that one the other day.”
“It’s going to be difficult to get him out, as well as David was for United. He’s a very confident and vocal guy.
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“I think he deserves a lot of praise for bouncing back and putting in a good performance.”
United return to action on Sunday against Leicester in the FA Cup quarter-final.
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