Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to start Dean Henderson ahead of David de Gea as goalkeeper against Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday has sparked plenty of chat about the Spaniard’s future.
Rumours were circulating prior to the team announcement that de Gea’s time might be coming to an end at Old Trafford.
De Gea’s last appearance for the club was in a goalless draw against Chelsea, after which he was granted paternity leave for the next four games.
But after the Spaniard returned, he found himself on the sidelines with Henderson preferred as goalkeeper.
The pattern continued after the international break, but Solskjaer played down the questions posed by the reporters regarding the situation.
“I’ve got two great keepers, two number 1s,” Solskjaer told BBC Sport.
“David de Gea spent a while back home and then he had internationals so he hadn’t played for about a month. He’ll definitely play football for us again.”
He is convinced that the Norwegian has made up his mind to continue with Henderson as his first-choice goalkeeper.
“You’ve got two options: you fight for your position or you say, ‘that’s me done, I’m off and I’ll go somewhere else’,” the Red Devils legend said on BT Sport.
“If Dean Henderson finishes the season as No 1, I don’t see De Gea staying there. No chance, I don’t see it. I think he’ll go out now.
“His wages will be a determining factor but at the end of the day, two No 1s doesn’t work.
“De Gea has been a mainstay in the team but Ole is maybe seeing things differently now.
“He’s put Henderson in front of him in the queue. Does De Gea accept that and stay? I don’t think so.”
Red Rants view
No-one is denying Henderson’s talents and he is a serious contender to eventually replace De Gea.
However, if Solskjaer feels that the time has come to do so, he should be clear to both the players and allow the Spaniard to look for a future elsewhere.
Considering de Gea’s popularity in European football, many top clubs will be interesting in buying him this summer.
The last thing United need is to extend the discussion or allow rumours to spread which may create dissent in the dressing room.
Following reports of an argument with midfielder Bruno Fernandes, the last thing United fans will want is for more tension to brew,