Solskjaer cool on keeper call

08 April 2021 19:59:44 GMTPlus10

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is calm over his difficult position as to who to select as the club's first-choice goalkeeper ahead of a crunch Europa League clash away to Granada.

The competition offers United their only realistic trophy challenge this season as Solskjaer looks to win his first piece of silverware as the manager of the club he graced as a player and he is therefore expected to take the quarter-final first leg seriously.

One area where there does look the ability to rotate without damaging the strength of the team comes in goal where Dean Henderson and David de Gea are jostling for the gloves.

De Gea has been at United for ten years and had established himself as the undisputed number one despite the presence of Argentinian international Sergio Romero, but the Spanish stopper has faced more of a challenge from Henderson, who impressed on loan at Sheffield United last season to force his way into the England national team reckoning.

Henderson has featured in 20 matches in all competitions with the majority coming in cup and European fixtures, however, the most significant of those came in the 2-1 win over Brighton on Sunday when De Gea was kept on the bench for a Premier League clash.

That has led some to suggest Henderson could now be considered United's number one but Solskjaer insists competition is needed if the Red Devils are to be a successful outfit.

"When you're a part of United there's always players who come in and they don't just come there to fill the bench or squad – everyone has ambition to take your shirt," the Norwegian told the Irish Independent.

"It's a healthy competition, the nature of football, and the small goalkeeping department are a very tight-knit group. They create a bond and the spirit is top."

Man Utd are 1.53 to win in Granada, who are 6.50 and the draw is 4.00.

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