Henderson Is Ready To Replace De Gea At Man United – Mourinho
Jose Mourinho thinks Dean Henderson is “ready” to replace David De Gea as Manchester United’s No 1 goalkeeper.
Henderson returned to Old Trafford last summer after a successful two-year loan spell at Sheffield United, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having promised to give him the opportunity to stake his claim for the first choice role.
The United boss was true to his word as he handed the talented young shot-stopper 26 appearances in all competitions last term, and Mourinho believes he is now primed to take De Gea’s spot on a permanent basis.
The former Red Devils head coach, who is set to take over at Roma this summer following his sacking by Tottenham, thinks Henderson has the potential to become a world-class keeper.
Mourinho told The Times:
“I think they are good goalkeepers. I don’t think they are phenomenal goalkeepers or, in Dean Henderson’s case, not yet phenomenal. When I say not yet, I say he will be.
“I met him at [Manchester] United when he was a kid and I always remember him asking me to go on loan. He was saying when I come back, I come back to be the No 1.
“He told me that when he was the fourth choice. He is a kid with an incredible self-confidence and I think he is ready.”