‘If I were him, I’d make the same decision’: Gareth Southgate supports Dean Henderson’s decision to challenge David De Gea for Manchester United’s No.1 jersey after signing a new deal at Old Trafford
- Gareth Southgate supported Dean Henderson’s decision to leave Sheffield Utd
- Goalkeeper Henderson returned to training with Manchester United earlier this week
- Henderson will challenge David de Gea for the number 1 spot at Man United
- Southgate has included Henderson on his squad to face Iceland next weekend
Gareth Southgate has backed Dean Henderson’s decision to leave Sheffield United and return to his home club Manchester United to challenge David de Gea for the number 1 spot there, although that may initially mean he plays less.
The English manager, who has included Henderson in his squad to face Iceland next weekend, says the 23-year-old goalkeeper has seized the right moment to take on the challenge after a year on loan at Shrewsbury and two years on loan at Bramall Corsia. .
“I think it’s really an opportunity for him,” Southgate said. Sure, he could pull off another season and gain another year of Premier League experience, but at his goalkeeper age you can’t just think about the international situation.
England’s Gareth Southgate supported Dean Henderson’s decision to leave Sheffield United
You are building a career and here is an opportunity to challenge for the shirt at Manchester United if they ask him to stay in the building.
If I was him and I had the chance to push to become Manchester United’s No.1, I would make the same decision he did. He has the opportunity to train every day in front of the coach, to influence him and to put David de Gea under pressure for his position.
“I think it’s a logical decision for his career given the number of games United will have next season.”
Southgate says he would make the same call as Henderson to fight for his place at United