Peter Schmeichel slams calls for Dean Henderson to replace De Gea
According to Instagram Live (h/t Metro), former Manchester United, number one Peter Schmeichel has slammed suggestions that Dean Henderson is ready to replace David De Gea as the first-choice goalkeeper at Old Trafford.
The 23-year-old has enjoyed a stellar debut season in the English top-flight. His performances have seen Sheffield United sit pretty in seventh, with European qualification a real possibility.
Henderson has made 27 appearances in the Premier League and has kept 10 clean sheets this season. He is behind only Nick Pope, the Burnley custodian who has 11, in the race for the golden glove.
De Gea has eight clean sheets but it can be argued that Henderson plays for a weaker team, one that was promoted this season.
Consistency the key
Although there have been calls for Henderson to take De Gea’s place, Schmeichel believes the youngster has to prove his ability over a number of seasons.
“There’s no doubt about Henderson’s potential, but he’s played one season at a club who has had an unbelievable run in the Premier League.”
De Gea has been one of the best keepers in the league the last decade. He has single-handedly saved us time and time again and was arguably the best in the world.
The pressures of being the No.1 at Old Trafford is much more than the same at Bramall Lane. A fact that is not lost on Schmeichel.
He believes that the youngster can get away with mistakes while playing for Sheffield while he would be flogged for the same at Old Trafford.
“There’s a really big difference between being the No.1 at Bramall Lane and being the No.1 at Old Trafford, a really big difference. Even just being a player at those two clubs.”
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Henderson is one of the best young keepers in the game today and has both the skills and attitude to become a master of his position.
Henderson has been a consistent performer for a couple of years now. He won the EFL Golden Glove in 2019 and was also a part of the English team that won the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in 2017.
It looks like he still has much to prove before taking the reins at Old Trafford.