Man Utd’s David de Gea vs Dean Henderson battle has ‘problem written all over it’, claims Gary Neville

MANCHESTER UNITED legend Gary Neville believes there's trouble brewing at Old Trafford over the NO1 goalie sport.

Dean Henderson has returned to the club following a successful loan spell with Sheffield United.

And he faces a battle on his hands to dislodge first choice David de Gea in the first team.

But while Neville believes Henderson won't come in and be first choice straight away, should de Gea endure another season of blunders he may as well kiss goodbye to his United career.

"The idea that Dean Henderson would come into Manchester United and replace David de Gea as No 1 goalkeeper straight away… it won't happen, I can guarantee it won't happen," Neville told Sky Sports' ‘FNF: Season Preview’.

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"This has got 'problem' written all over it. The one area of the pitch where you need consistency and stability is your goalkeeper, you need to know who your No.1 is, you cannot be flip-flopping.

"It just does not work; I've never seen it work at any club or at international level.

"Where there is a decision to be made about two goalkeepers you have to pick your No.1, go with him and stick with him, even if there is a mistake.

"Once you take David de Gea out of the team and put Henderson in, you may as well forget about De Gea. That's coming from my experiences at United.

"The period between Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar we had Ricardo, Fabien Barthez, Mark Bosnich, Roy Carroll, Tim Howard, Massimo Taibi, many goalkeepers over a five- to six-year period and there was an inconsistency that certainly didn't help."

De Gea had an error-strewn season last campaign, while Henderson earned all the plaudits with the Blades.

The 23-year-old has been with United since 2013, but has spent most of his career on loan, including at Stockport, Grimsby and Shrewsbury.


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