‘The writing is on the wall for De Gea’

Carlo Garganese
‘The writing is on the wall for De Gea’

David de Gea’s Man Utd career could be over within a year following the emergence of Dean Henderson.

That is the opinion of former Manchester United goalkeeper Chris Turner, who believes that Henderson has shown enough in recent weeks to suggest he is ready to succeed the Spaniard.

Henderson has filled in for De Gea in the last six matches after the former Atletico Madrid shot-stopper returned to Spain for the birth of his first child.

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The English goalkeeper impressed, keeping four clean sheets, and Turner thinks the writing is now on the wall for De Gea.

“Henderson looks like he could be United’s keeper for the next 10 years,” Turner, who played for Man Utd in 1980s, told the Daily Mirror.

“I’m not sure when the shift will come, but if Dean keeps his place against Brighton after the international break the writing will be on the wall for De Gea.

“Let’s be clear, though, De Gea has done nothing wrong. He is still a world-class keeper and has proved himself time and again.

“You can’t just dismiss what he has given United in the last ten years. But he’s not had any real competition in that time. When you know you’re going to be playing week in week out your standards can slip.

“All of a sudden Dean has emerged as a genuine threat and is proving himself a capable keeper who will only get better with more experience.

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 “There’s no way De Gea will want to play second fiddle to a younger keeper so maybe he’ll look to move back to Spain in the next 12 months.

“I still think he’ll want to force his way back in, but this is where ­Solskjaer’s man management will be vital.

“Years ago I remember Peter ­Shilton and Ray Clemence sharing the England shirt, but you can’t keep chopping and changing at club level.”

De Gea’s Man Utd contract expires in 2023, although there is the customary option for the deal to be extended by a further 12 months.