Garth Crooks does not believe Dean Henderson can replace David de Gea at Manchester United
Garth Crooks, who spent a few months with the Red Devils during his playing career, does not believe the England international can take the Spaniard’s place in between the sticks at United.
While picking his Team of the Week from BBC Sport (h/t Metro), Crooks included Henderson for his performance against Liverpool. However, the ex-striker feels challenging De Gea for the number one spot in Manchester is too much for the 25-year-old.
“The difficulty for Henderson is there is no way he is going to replace David de Gea at United but I can see him becoming an exceptional goalkeeper at Forest.”
The former Atletico Madrid shot-stopper made his way to Old Trafford in the summer of 2011. And since then, the 31-year-old has developed into one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
There was a period in De Gea’s United career where fans lauded him as the number one shot-stopper in football. However, the 31-year-old seemed to lose his confidence after the 2018 World Cup. And for a couple of seasons’ his United career was being questioned.
Henderson came up through the youth ranks at the Manchester-based club. And after a successful loan spell with Sheffield United in the Championship and the Premier League, the Red Devils got him back in the 2020/21 campaign.
The shot-stopper got his opportunity to represent United’s first team on a regular basis. In his debut season with the senior side, the 25-year-old shared minutes with De Gea.
However, the Spaniard regained his berth in the 2021/22 campaign. Henderson did not play a single Premier League minute last season and made just five appearances in all competitions.
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Now, the England international is the first choice at Forest. Hopefully, the 25-year-old can develop his game further and come back to United as a better player.