David de Gea deserves to remain as Manchester United’s No.1 next season, despite the emergence of Dean Henderson, according to Mark Bosnich.
De Gea has been criticised this season for a handful of mistakes, but former United keeper Bosnich thinks the Spaniard remains their undisputed top man.
Bosnich, who has one season as United’s main man in 1999-2000, has acknowledged the strides that Henderson has made on loan at Sheffield United, but still thinks De Gea is United’s best goalkeeper.
Henderson, 23, is in his second season on loan with the Blades, who have mounted an assault on the Premier League’s top four, and the England Under-21 man has been a huge part of their success with 10 clean sheets to date.
“Henderson has done absolutely fantastic and proven himself to be an excellent goalkeeper,” Bosnich told Goal.
“The bottom line is though that De Gea has done brilliantly over a longer period of time, he has had ups and downs but every goalkeeper does, there’s no doubt about that. When you are at a bigger club it is far more exacerbated.
“At this moment in time, I would stick with De Gea. Dean Henderson is too good for the bench and it is a waste for him so I would keep loaning him out.
“Things can change very quickly. De Gea has had ups and downs but over a long period of time, he has been excellent. Unless they get ridiculous money for him, then I would keep him on.”
Bosnich, 48, also believes that his former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is getting things right at Old Trafford and deserves time to get United challenging for honours again.
“Give it time, he will get it right,” Bosnich added. “We have seen the signs of that and he will get it right. So far so good, I don’t know if they will get into the top four but if they do I regard it as a really top season for them. It is going to take time for them.
“We saw what happened to Liverpool after their dynasty ended and it took them a really long time to get to the top of English and European football. It will take time with Man Utd and they are vying for a top-four place, maybe third with Leicester but they look good to qualify, the way they are playing with Brendan Rodgers.
“Overall, I think he has done a very good job with the chips in the air again. It will be interesting to see how they finish it but they have got the right man and he is doing a good job.”
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