Solskjaer admits competition is ‘healthy’ between De Gea and Henderson

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says competition for first-team places is ‘healthy’ as the Manchester United manager faces a decision on his number one goalkeeper.

The club’s goalkeeping position has been a source of contention this season following the return of Dean Henderson from a loan spell at Sheffield United, the goalkeeper pushing long-term number one David de Gea for a starting place.

Henderson has started each of the club’s past seven fixtures after being handed an opportunity in De Gea’s absence, the latter having returned to Spain on paternity leave last month.

Henderson has impressed in the 30-year-old’s absence and was included in the side for the win over Brighton last weekend, despite De Gea’s availability upon his return to the fold.

Solskjaer has now discussed his selection dilemma ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League quarter-final with Granada and says Manchester United squads will always have fierce and ‘healthy’ competition for a starting spot.

“When you’re a part of Man United, there will always be players that come in and they’re not just there to fill the squad,” Solskjaer told his pre-match press conference.

“I was there as a striker when we signed loads of top strikers like Rooney, Sheringham, Yorke. But I wanted to show the manager that I still had a role to play.

“David [De Gea] has had 10 fantastic years at Man United. Sergio [Romero] probably played less games than he deserved. Dean comes in and he wants to play. It’s a healthy competition.

“The goalkeeping departments are a very tight-knit group. They stay together more and form a bond.

“The spirit in the keeper department has been top. All of them want to play and that includes [Lee] Grant, [Nathan] Bishop and Romero.”

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