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Solskjaer remains tight lipped on whether De Gea or Henderson will start season opener against Palace

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to confirm who will be Manchester United’s number one ahead of the club’s season opener against Crystal Palace tomorrow, with both David de Gea and returning loanee Dean Henderson competing for a starting spot this season.

The club’s goalkeeping position has been a subject of debate in recent months following the return of Henderson to Old Trafford, the 23-year-old signing a new long-term contract and choosing to fight for his first-team place after starring during a two-season loan spell at Sheffield United.

Current number one David de Gea has also come under increased criticism in recent months following a series of high-profile mistakes, including two notable blunders in United’s FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea.

The Spaniard’s chances of retaining his place improved with a fine showing on international duty earlier this month, though Solskjaer declined to reveal if De Gea will retain his place and start the club’s opening fixture of the new Premier League season.

“I’m not going to tell you the team today but the goalkeeper training has been fantastic to watch, so enjoyable,” the Norwegian said at his pre-match press conference.

“It’s the highest possible quality you can imagine. I know the goalkeeper coaches are enjoying working with them and the stuff they do, some of the stuff is fantastic. It’s going to be an interesting thing for many to follow.

“I know it’s great to see [Spain coach] Luis Enrique talk about David the way he did after the internationals. Coaches who work with players have got the respect and he shows his respect, when he talks about it being nice if the press talk about what a great goalkeeper we have, but Sergio [Romero] has not come back yet. He’s had some extra time.”

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