MANCHESTER UNITED will ditch Dean Henderson OR David De Gea when the season finishes — to end their keeper capers.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has decided to halt the scrap for the jersey between the pair and one will leave Old Trafford in the summer, either on loan or in a permanent transfer.
Dean Henderson is set to battle David De Gea for the No1 role at Manchester United – with one of them to be SOLD this summerCredit: The Mega Agency
United are already looking for a top-class cover keeper who would be happy playing a handful of games a season.
It has become an issue behind the scenes, despite the public ‘line’ that Solskjaer is happy with the competition.
The likely scenario is England hopeful Henderson moving out in the summer if he does not like being No 2 to De Gea.
Henderson, 23, has been recalled from loans at Sheffield United to get a crack at becoming first choice at Manchester United — his ultimate dream.
But after a meeting with the manager, Henderson was told only one of the pair would be at the club next season.
Henderson knows his England place is at risk as a reserve and is desperate to play at this time in his career.
However, it may yet be that Spaniard De Gea, 30, goes after his recent horror show against Everton.
Solskjaer has favoured De Gea this term and was happy to stand by him. But that was among his worst displays and left a question mark on his future.
The indecision will have to end for football reasons, although there is also a financial element because United are paying fortunes for both keepers AND Sergio Romero, who is still with them on a chunky wage.
De Gea has just over two years left on his deal and is one of their highest-paid players on £19.5million a year.
Henderson just signed a deal until 2025, with a year’s option, that took him into the £6m-a-year category.
United will make the decision this summer, so BOTH De Gea and Henderson are now playing for their futures.