Solskjaer backs Dean Henderson to be ‘a very good challenger’ for David de Gea after Everton error

Man United held by Everton

Manchester United travelled to Goodison Park on Sunday as they looked to exact some revenge on Everton.

The Toffees humiliated Man United in this fixture last season, emerging with a comprehensive 4-0 win, a result Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co. will no doubt have been keen to avoid on Sunday.

But things got off to a similarly poor start for United this time around, when Dominic Calvert-Lewin put Everton 1-0 up inside three minutes after a calamitous error from David de Gea.

Luckily for United, Everton’s shot-stopper also had an off moment, as Bruno Fernandes’ strike saw United draw level 31 minutes in. Fernandes’ equaliser was the final goal of the tie.

Their draw means that United are still 5th, three points off 4th, whilst Everton are down to 11th.

Highlights: Everton 1-Manchester United 1

Solskjaer on Henderson & de Gea

As already mentioned, it was a de Gea error that led to DCL opening the scoring on Sunday.

In the wake of that goal, Opta revealed that since the start of last season, the Spanish international has made seven errors leading directly to an opposition goal in the Premier League, the joint-most of any goalkeeper.

Now, speaking after the Everton draw, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come to David de Gea’s defence, labelling him the best goalkeeper in the world.

But OGS also stated that Dean Henderson, who is currently on loan with Sheffield United, is a very good challenger for de Gea:

“He’s doing really well at the moment. and the day he comes back he’s obviously fighting to play here as well.

“But David’s shown his reaction, the way he made amends and saved Sigurdsson’s goal, or chance, at the end. David’s the best goalkeeper in the world, Dean is a very good challenger and then Sergio [Romero]’s a decent challenger as well.

“We want a squad full of quality and with competition and if you want to survive at the top you need to bounce off competitions from right, left and centre.

“He went through a difficult patch last season, definitely, but David’s been very, very good this season. I can’t really remember any errors I’d go to now, apart from Watford one (Ismaila Sarr’s goal). I trust David 100 per cent in the goal.” As quoted by the Manchester Evening News.

Given the fact that both de Gea and Pickford were fairly error-prone today, and have been throughout this campaign, both Man United and England fans would perhaps, at this moment, like to see Henderson given a shot in both sides, as he has been in superb form for the Blades over the last 18 months or so.

See also: Marcus Rashford confident of returning for Man United before end of season – Telegraph

Damning stat highlights goalkeeping struggles of Man United & Everton following Goodison stalemate


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