Former Manchester United winger Lee Sharpe is backing Spain goalkeeper David De Gea to continue as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper this season.
Before the start of the new campaign, the battle for the No.1 spot at Old Trafford was frequently debated, with De Gea and Dean Henderson battling it out for the ultimate goalkeeping prize.
After producing his fair share of questionable performances over the past two seasons, there have been several calls for De Gea to be replaced as the Reds’ first-choice goalkeeper by Henderson, who has no shortage of footballing experience. Premier League between the sticks.
While unfortunate on Henderson’s part, De Gea’s chances of scoring at the start of this season were helped by Henderson’s positive test for Covid-19 a few weeks ago.
While the former Sheffield United loanee has struggled to ride out the virus, he hasn’t had a chance to prove himself under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during pre-season, meaning De Gea has the gloves ahead of Saturday’s Premier League opener against Leeds United.
And for Sharpe, who played for both United and Leeds during his playing days, De Gea deserves to continue to function as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper, insisting he remains the one of the “best in the world”.
“They have incredible goalkeeping depth at Old Trafford but I still think De Gea is one of the best in the world,” Sharpe told the Metro. “Yes, he had a few questionable spells but I think every goalkeeper goes through that.
“I would always trust him to play any game Ole chooses, but I still think the other two keepers will keep him on his toes.
“I think we’ve seen that Henderson is a top goalkeeper and well deserving of a No.1 spot.
“I think Ole would get a lot of money to make the big decisions. These are tough decisions because you don’t want to upset anyone and you want to keep the trust.”
Last season, De Gea racked up 36 appearances for United in all competitions, while Henderson played 26 times. While the rotation between the pair was sometimes forced due to injury concerns and other circumstances, Sharpe stressed the importance of consistency in this area of the squad, suggesting Solskjaer needs to make a decision and stick with it. hold. .
The former United star added: “It’s difficult because the back four and the goalkeeper rarely change because that’s the kind of consistency in a team that breeds success when you have that stability at the back when they all know what they’re doing and who’s doing what.
“Those are very difficult positions to change, but yes, this is one of the hardest decisions for Ole to make this year.”
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