David de Gea made another mistake on Sunday as Manchester United drew 1-1 at Everton in the Premier League.
In just the third minute the goalkeeper’s attempted clearance hit Dominic Calvert-Lewin and ended up in the back of the net.
It was the seventh error that De Gea has made this season that has led directly to a goal. No other ‘keeper in the division has made more.
The more times it happens the more the case is made for Dean Henderson to be the new number one at Old Trafford.
In contrast to De Gea, Henderson is enjoying another excellent campaign on loan at Sheffield United. The 22-year-old is part of the second best defence in the top flight behind only leaders Liverpool.
The Blades are keen to sign Henderson for a third successive year and manager Chris Wilder says talks are already underway. The hope would be to land the stopper permanently, but Wilder doesn’t think that will happen.
Will De Gea remain as first choice at Manchester United?
After the draw at Goodison Park, Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave his opinion on both Henderson and De Gea.
“We want the best possible squad for Man United and Dean’s our player,” Solskjaer said in his post-match press conference, as quoted by the Mirror.
“He’s doing really well at the moment, and the day he comes back he’s obviously fighting to play here as well.
“David’s the best goalkeeper in the world, Dean is a very good challenger and then Sergio (Romero) is a decent challenger as well.
“We want a squad full of quality and with competition and if you want to survive at the top you need to bounce off competitions from right, left and centre.”
These comments suggest that Solskjaer is considering bringing Henderson back into the first team squad for next season. However, the England Under-21 international isn’t prepared to return to United unless he is number one.
With De Gea under contract until 2023 and Romero also there, that seems unlikely as things stand. Yet if the Spaniard continues to make costly mistakes, that could well change.