Former Manchester United legend Edwin Van Der Sar has revealed that Dean Henderson’s return to Old Trafford will help a David De Gea get back to his best.
The Dutchman believes that the Spanish international will once again be fantastic for the Manchester outfit, with the former Red Devils shot stopper expecting the presence of Henderson at Old Trafford to increase the level of goalkeeping at United.
De Gea has faced little competition for the no 1 spot for the past 4 years, with Sergio Romero playing a Number two in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans.
Eyebrows have been raised after errors have crept into the game of the four time Manchester United player of the year.
Henderson has not hidden his intention to upsurge De Gea from the number one position, but admits that it’d not be easy.
The Ajax Football Club Director is of the belief that De Gea will still be first choice for Solskjaer in the 2020-21 campaign. Edwin believes that the Spanish international has done enough to ensure that he will not be dumped on the back of a few mistakes.
“Of course David has been fantastic,” United legend Van der Sar told the club’s Group Chat.
“The moment he took over [from me] he has the Player of the Year [award] many times and he’s been amazing for the club.
“Ole will take a look at how the competition in the team is and which goalkeeper works best with the defence.
“To be fair, I was quite impressed with Dean’s rise with Sheffield, but David has been great for United. He has made some mistakes but I’ve made them myself also, every player makes mistakes.
“It’s about the moment in which you make them – are they at 0-0? Is your team bailing you out? Could a striker score an injury-time goal so the mistake you made goes into the background?
“I’m sure that David will be the force that he has been for the club and hopefully now with the investment in the right players that are coming in, it’s looking more and more like a competitive squad again to challenge for the honours. I’m sure that those two will push each other to a high level.”
Speaking on the presence of competition amongst the players for starting berths, Van Der Sar said: “That’s what it’s always been about.
“When you’re a young player, you look up to the guys who are in the first team. Then when you start training [with them] you start to challenge and start to work hard so you’re ready when that moment comes.
“When you get that chance you need to grab it. Some boys are lucky in that you might win, score or give an assist, or you might be unfortunate and lose a game and then the manager might think it’s difficult to bring you in another time.”
United begin their 2020-21 Premier League campaign on Saturday when taking on Crystal Palace at home.