De Gea be­lieves he is still United No 1

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport | Football - By James Ducker

David de Gea has backed him­self to over­come the doubters, de­spite the Manch­ester United goal­keeper fac­ing a po­ten­tial threat to his po­si­tion from Dean Hen­der­son next sea­son.

De Gea’s longer-term place in Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer’s side has come un­der scru­tiny af­ter he made a num­ber of high-pro­file er­rors.

With De Gea, Ser­gio Romero and Hen­der­son, who has re­turned from his loan spell with Sh­effield United, to call upon, Sol­sk­jaer has ad­mit­ted he can­not in­clude three lead­ing goal­keep­ers in his side next sea­son.

But De Gea, who signed a fouryear con­tract worth £19.5mil­lion a year last Septem­ber, says he is not wor­ried about his fu­ture. “No, I trust in my­self,” he said. “I showed my qual­i­ties all these years, so I just keep avail­able for the man­ager.”

Hen­der­son has at­tracted in­ter­est from Chelsea and other clubs af­ter two suc­cess­ful years on loan at Bra­mall Lane, but he is re­luc­tant to be De Gea’s un­der­study next sea­son.

It has cre­ated a quandary for Sol­sk­jaer, who has backed Hen­der­son to be­come United and Eng­land’s long-term No1, but faces the prospect of hav­ing a £375,000-a-week goal­keeper on the bench if he opts to pro­mote the younger man.

Sh­effield United had wanted to take Hen­der­son on loan again but, with the 23-year-old set for a hefty pay rise at Old Traf­ford, his new wages are likely to be be­yond them.

If Hen­der­son is to be given his chance by Sol­sk­jaer, it would also raise doubts about the fu­ture of Romero, who was un­happy about be­ing dropped for the FA Cup and Europa League semi-fi­nal de­feats by Chelsea and Sevilla re­spec­tively.

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