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The Spanish goalkeeper’s place is threatened after his mistakes against Everton
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned David De Gea that past success will not guarantee anyone a regular start with him at Manchester United.
De Gea was criticized for a pair of errors in the Red Devils’ 3-3 draw with Everton last weekend.
Solskjaer has been urged to make a goal change, and Gary Neville said he should buy in the summer, and the Norwegian has made it clear that the only thing that counts is current performances.
What was said?
“It’s not about who has the most trophies,” Solskjaer saying. “I am in a very fortunate position to have the goalkeeping department that I have, and it was a conscious decision to bring Dean [Henderson] to have real competition again. “
Henderson, who impressed on loan at Sheffield United in the previous two seasons, is pushing for a starting spot and did no harm with a clean sheet against West Ham in the FA Cup midweek.
Solskjaer has admitted that he faces a difficult decision over who starts against West Brom in the league on Sunday.
“Dean has made it more and more difficult for me, of course, to leave him out because whenever he plays he does it really well,” he said.
“It’s about what you give the team, here and now, whether you’re a left-back, right-back, on the left wing or on the right.
“I think the entire squad knows that they have to perform to be in the team.
“We have, I would say, at least two players in each position who would feel ‘I’m the first choice.’ The goalkeeper position is no different than the right-back, left-back or center-forward position.
“It’s about your performances and what you give to the team.”
Should the sunshade stick or twist?
De Gea has been the undisputed number one at Old Trafford since joining the club a decade ago from Atlético de Madrid.
The 30-year-old’s recent form and the appearance of Henderson have posed a dilemma for Solskjaer.
De Gea has plenty of bank credit and while Solskjaer has said past glories count for little, the Spaniard should retain his place and allow Henderson to take over the Europa League round of 32 with Real Sociedad.