Man Utd team news leak: Solskjaer picks between De Gea and Henderson for Brighton clash
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has decided to pick Dean Henderson over David De Gea for tonight’s match against Brighton, reports say. The Red Devils go into the game looking to boost their chances of finishing second in the Premier League table. And they’ll be looking to bounce back after losing 3-1 to Leicester last time out.
Henderson has started every game for United since De Gea jetted off to Spain following the birth of his child after the club’s goalless draw with Chelsea.
And, now, the England international is set to stay between the sticks for tonight’s match with Brighton.
The Manchester Evening News have claimed Solskjaer has picked Henderson for the showdown at Old Trafford – in a decision that suggests De Gea is now second choice.
The Spain international has been a consistent performer for the club in the years since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement back in 2013.
Yet he’s waned in recent seasons and, now, will have to be content with a place on the bench.
There’s even been talk United could sell De Gea at the end of the season, in news that will surely put European giants Juventus and PSG on red alert.
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And how he responds is something only time will tell.
Speaking before the game against Brighton, Solskjaer admitted he has two great goalkeepers at his disposal.
“I have the great option of two top goalkeepers and it’s a pleasure to have them here,” he said.
“We’ve got hopefully nine plus five games to go – we want to go all the way in the Europa League – so I’m sure you’ll see both of them playing in goal for us.
“I understand the question and the narrative in the media, that where there’s potential tension and controversy, that’s where everyone wants to hear a comment from me.
“I’ve got great options, they are top goalkeepers but both of them want to play as much as possible and that will be decided on merit, we will have to think who’s going to give us a win on any given day.
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“The two ‘keepers will probably be needed in these last nine plus hopefully five more games and both of them know we value them both really highly.
“It’s a difficult position to leave one of them out.
“It’s an easy decision to give them the nod and they’ll play, the difficult one is to leave one of them out but it’s a good decision to make. You will probably see both of them.”
The report says Anthony Martial hasn’t been included in the squad for tonight’s clash.
Solskjaer has, however, named Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford in his ranks.
“As always when you send them away on an international break you keep your fingers crossed they’ll be available for you,” Solskjaer said of the duo on Friday.
“I don’t know about Anthony, he didn’t join in training this morning but Marcus and Mason trained for the first time this morning and hopefully they can get through that with no reaction.
“And if they complete the selection tomorrow they might be available for selection.”
The United boss also admitted Paul Pogba’s return from injury could be a ‘massive boost’.
“It can be a massive boost,” added the 48-year-old.
“He’s come back bright and is ready to go.
“We know how important he will be for us and how important he has been and to have players of his quality out for longer periods shows the quality of others and how well they’ve done.
“Having Paul back fit, getting our forwards hopefully firing again, hopefully we can get that spark and score more goals again.”
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