Dimitar Berbatov believes David de Gea will benefit from Dean Henderson competition
De Gea came in for much criticism following yet another mistake against Chelsea in the FA Cup semifinals against Chelsea.
Berbatov claims the Spaniard believes he is untouchable at United and that he will benefit from competition.
“When you think you are untouchable you make more mistakes because you are over-confident.”
Henderson has proven his credentials as a top keeper during his two-year loan spell at Sheffield United. With 13 clean sheets this season, he is third in the race for the Golden Glove. In contrast, De Gea is seventh but is only a clean sheet behind.
“If United decide to bring back Dean Henderson from Sheffield United, I think that will do De Gea good; players need that competition and Henderson is doing tremendously well in my opinion.”
Henderson will return to United at the end of the season. He will expect to compete for a starting berth at both United and the England national team.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had earlier admitted that he believes Henderson will take the mantle from David de Gea as Manchester United’s number one.
The Spaniard signed a four-year extension last season. Henderson is set to return to Old Trafford when the season ends. He had earlier revealed that he is not keen to stay on at United as a competitor to De Gea.
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Henderson for his part is keen to become United’s number one. However, he is not averse for a change in scenery otherwise. His current deal expires in 2022 with Manchester United keen to offer him an extension.
In attempting to help De Gea regain confidence, the club must ensure they don’t lose out on the future.