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Shay Given says it's too soon for Dean Henderson to be Manchester United number one

Former Premier League goalkeeper, Shay Given, doesn’t think Dean Henderson should be Manchester United number one next season.

Henderson is currently midway through a second successive year on loan at Sheffield United. The 22-year-old has impressed during that time, helping the Blades to promotion in 2018/19.

Henderson played every minute of their Championship campaign, keeping more clean sheets than any other ‘keeper. He also contributed to Chris Wilder’s side having the joint best defensive record.

That form has continued into the Premier League. Liverpool are the only team in the division who have conceded fewer goals so far this term.

David de Gea made yet another costly mistake for Man United at the weekend in their 1-1 draw at Everton. Many now think Henderson should replace him as number one.

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Although Given doesn’t think the England Under-21 international should be first choice at Old Trafford, he says he should still be recalled.

When asked if the Red Devils should include Henderson in their first team plans, the Derby County goalkeeping coach told the Star: “Very much so.

“It’s maybe too soon for him to be number one at Man United but the season he’s had – and we played them last year in the Championship with Sheffield United and he had two fantastic games then – it feels like he’s gone to the next level, he’s pushed himself on.

“There’s talk because David de Gea made a mistake at the weekend that he should be back as number one at United. But I don’t think it’s as straightforward and simple as that.

“If he did come back to Manchester United next season and was really neck and neck with David de Gea then it would be a big decision for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to make, of course.”

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From a Blades point-of-view they hope not. Wilder wants to bring Henderson back to Bramall Lane for at least a third year. He says talks are already underway about the prospect of that.

De Gea is under contract with United until 2023 and unless the Spaniard is sold, he is likely to remain as first choice.

Henderson has already made it clear he will only go back to his parent club if he is number one. With Sergio Romero also providing competition, that does seem unlikely as things stand.

The form of De Gea between now and the end of 2019/20 could play a big part in the future of Henderson. And if the Blades can re-sign him, of course.

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