Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises Manchester United debutant Dean Henderson
The Englishman made his United debut in the match against the Championship side at Kenilworth Road. Goals from Juan Mata, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford ensured he got off to a winning start.
“That’s probably the job our ‘keeper has to do. You’ve got to stay positive and make saves when needed.”
He kept a clean sheet and was at hand to make a stellar stop in the 80th minute. United had a solitary lead at that point, making his effort all the more significant.
The goalkeeper’s position has been a matter of debate following David de Gea’s drop off in form in the last two years.
This coupled with the rise of Henderson saw some tout the Englishman to replace De Gea in goal.
Henderson signed a new long-term deal at United this summer and looks set to compete with De Gea. While the Red Devils were expected to beat Luton, the youngster showed he will be ready when called upon.
Solskjaer was pleased with the player’s performance and even compared it to that of De Gea. Given the standards the Spaniard has set, that is some high praise.
“David’s done that for years and years and Dean did that today.”
With two solid keepers at our disposal, United have a strong goalkeeping department to call upon. Hopefully, competition will help bring out the best in both of them.
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United will face either Preston North End or Brighton and Hove Albion in the next round. The Red Devils last won the competition in 2017 under Jose Mourinho.