Neville predicts who will be Man Utd’s No.1 between De Gea and Henderson

Neville predicts who will be Man Utd’s No.1 between De Gea and Henderson

Neville backs De Gea to remain No.1 (Picture: Getty Images)

Gary Neville backs David de Gea to start the season as Manchester United’s No.1 as Dean Henderson still has a lot to prove.

United’s incumbent keeper struggled last season, producing a number of high-profile errors.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could’ve chosen to take him out the firing line, but instead persisted with the experienced Spaniard.

After two successful years on loan at Sheffield United, Henderson has arrived back at Old Trafford and was handed a brand new five-year contract last week.

Despite his progress at Bramall Lane, United legend Neville believes Henderson doesn’t yet have the experience to take on the No.1 shirt, and insists if Solskjaer was going to drop De Gea, he would have done so already.

‘De Gea definitely starts as number one because there was a point where Ole could’ve dropped him towards the end of the season,’ the former England full-back told Sky Sports.

‘However, he stuck with him at that point and we are only around four weeks later.

Neville feels Henderson has a lot to prove (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I still think Henderson’s got a lot to prove. Playing in goal for Sheffield United is a lot different than standing out there in that vacuous, empty, massive space which is the goal mouth at Old Trafford, when the team are up at the other end of the pitch most of the time attacking and then all of sudden you’ve got your first interaction with the game after 15 minutes and your concentration is tested like never before.

‘I think it’s a very different expectation. It’s not a given that he’s going to go into the team at Manchester United and be everything that everyone thinks he’s going to be.

‘He hasn’t got the experience yet to handle Old Trafford or to show us that he can handle Old Trafford. We hope he can show the potential he’s got but that’s the hardest position on a football field by a long way.

‘It’s the biggest pressure on a football field and I think the Manchester United goalkeeping position, I would argue, is one of the most pressurised positions in English football.’

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