David De Gea nodded over Dean Henderson as Battle no. 1 is astonishing

Who then is Manchester United number one?

That question was asked by Old Trafford legend Paul Scholes when the team fell last night.


David De Gea went on to score for Man Utd against GranadaCredits: Getty
But with Dean Henderson on the bench, it’s still not clear who United’s number 1 is


But with Dean Henderson on the bench, it’s still not clear who United’s number 1 isCredits: Getty

And that would be repeated by thousands of Red Devils fans around the world.

Most importantly, does Ole Gunnar Solskjaer know for sure who he wants to score for the biggest games?

Sunday night seemed like Dean Henderson’s final expectation to be the first choice with his boys ’club.

After playing his last six games before the international break, he got the climate against Brighton.

And usually a goalkeeper who plays in the Premier League would be seen as the owner of the shirt.

But four days later, when the team was named for this match in Andalusia, it was David De Gea who gave the main word.

Logic would dictate that this is a bigger game in terms of saving United’s season.

Except for the dramatic fall, they will finish in the top four, sealing a return to the Champions League next season. It will surely end the second or third of next month.



And they need a miracle if they want to catch runaway Manchester City leader, who is on top of 14 points.

Thus, the Europa League is the only real chance for United to end the four-year wait for the big trophy.

As for the field players, Solskjaer seemed to have chosen the strongest available side against the unloved Spaniards.

And – somewhat enigmatically – De Gea returned to the goal.

The United boss says he has two numbers one and will find a suitable one for each of them.

But his former teammate Scholes did not pull back the blows saying he was ‘obviously wrong’ thinking so.

The former England international recalled the six years the United States had spent about a millennium trying to place themselves on the right man between the sticks.

He probably still shudders at the thought of Fabien Barthez, Mark Bosnich, Roy Carroll, Tim Howard Andy Gore, Paul Rachubka and Massimo Taibi.


He said: “I think it’s always embarrassing when you’re trying to cheer up two goalkeepers.

“I was on a team that had been trying to replace Peter Schmeichel for years. It wasn’t until we got Edwin van der Sar, five or six years later, that it seemed to calm down again. “

Of course, Solskjaer was on that team – but he seems to be working hard to make a decision.

De Gea returned to the goal in his homeland and for the first time in almost six weeks started the game for United.

He became a father for the first time last month, and the manager handed him extended leave to take advantage of it.

He was given more free time than he should have – or wanted – but Henderson was told he would win six games ahead of the international break.

When he got his seventh on Sunday, it looked like De Gein’s decade because the first choice could have been over.

Yet some – including Scholes – believe Henderson has not yet done enough to justify his promotion.


De Gea was a gentle way to easily return to the Estadio de Los Carmenes despite the efforts of the zealous hosts.

He got scared when a man from Manchester City, Yangel Herrera, shot towards the outside of the tripod.

And he went down well to save, because Kenedy – who still keeps books at Chelsea – fired a textbook from the edge of the box.

Early in the second half he had to get a positioning to prevent another effort by the Brazilian – but overall it was a quiet night.

He hasn’t been perfect for the last 12 months, but Scholes believes it’s too early to throw on the bench.

The former Oldham boss said: “You have to say, David is a quality keeper, a service he provided to United, he worked for four or five years while United really struggled.

“They could have been a mid-table team without him. He lost a bit of form and a bit of confidence, but I wouldn’t write him off.”

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