Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly wanted to drop David de Gea for two different Premier League games before Dean Henderson’s successful run for Manchester United.
Henderson was selected ahead of De Gea in the Premier League victory over Brighton on Sunday, indicating the academy graduate has usurped his Spanish teammate to become United’s number one.
Solskjaer has started with Henderson in United’s last seven games, four of which De Gea was absent after taking paternity leave to witness the birth of his first child in Spain.
Henderson has persevered waiting for his chance all season and has looked fairly accomplished, keeping four clean sheets in his first run of games.
But according to the Manchester Evening News, Solskjaer was poised to drop De Gea before the recent run of fixtures amid growing tension between the pair.
The MEN reports that Solskjaer wanted to leave out De Gea for the victory over West Brom on November 21 but reinstated the four-time club player of the year due to his negative reaction.
It is added that De Gea was also supposed to be dropped before his last appearance in the league against Chelsea, where he was subsequently named man-of-the-match, but his ‘dismay’ left Solskjaer once again reversing his decision.
A changing of the guard appears inevitable after Henderson’s latest run, with De Gea’s future looking increasing uncertain.
The club great has been a shining light during a turbulent period at Old Trafford but Solskjaer has to be ruthless and will not have the luxury of keeping two elite goalkeepers at the club.