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Why Dean Henderson could replace De Gea in goal for Man United for the rest of the month

Why Dean Henderson could replace De Gea in goal for Man United for the rest of the month

Henderson told to prepare

Manchester United are supposedly preparing for a month without David De Gea, after the Spanish international goalkeeper was absent from the club’s 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace due to ‘personal reasons.’

Dean Henderson came into the side, and has already been informed that he should be ready for more action this month:

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to be drawn on the reason behind De Gea’s absence on Wednesday, but praised Henderson for stepping up, saving a last-minute strike from Patrick Van Aanholt.

“I can’t really say about David, it’s a private matter,” Solskjaer said. “Dean is ready if he’s called upon, you saw that. He kept his concentration.

“I think maybe it would have been called offside [against Van Aanholt] but at the moment I thought that Dean saved us a point because it looked like that was a deciding moment and that was probably the biggest chance of the game, apart from Marcus in the first-half.”

United now turn their attentions to a meeting with Manchester City at the weekend, in a game which could end any remaining hopes of a title challenge.

Baby on the way

A possible reason for De Gea’s absence is the fact that he has a first child on the way, according to Spanish outlet AS.

The Spaniard’s omission came mere hours after former United full-back and Sky Sports analyst Gary Neville tweeted out suggesting that a big decision could soon be made on De Gea’s future:

“A big decision is coming soon,” he replied to a question asking whether the Spaniard’s time at the club is coming to an end.

Henderson impressed mightily last season whilst on loan at Sheffield United, and aided in pushing the club comfortably to safety. In his absence, The Blades have managed one of the worst Premier League records this time around, and look destined for the drop.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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