Tom Heaton 'expectation' leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with goalkeeper issue amid mass exodus

Man Utd are set to bolster their ranks with the signing of Tom Heaton but it leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with some tough calls to make this ...

Man Utd are set to bolster their ranks with the signing of Tom Heaton but it leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with some tough calls to make this summer


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could find himself backed into a corner over his goalkeeping options this summer.

The Manchester United boss already has four shot stoppers at his disposal - David de Gea, Dean Henderson, Lee Grant and Sergio Romero.

Now add to that Tom Heaton, who is poised to rejoin the Red Devils on a free from Aston Villa.

It leaves Solskjaer will five goalkeepers to pick from, although the latter two of the aforementioned quartet are set to leave this summer.

Even still, De Gea, Henderson and Heaton are all credible top flight No 1s and the former Villa man is joining under the expectation he will be the No 2, according to the Daily Mail.

Dean Henderson and David de Gea have spent the year battling for a starting role
Dean Henderson and David de Gea have spent the year battling for a starting role

That would suggest one of De Gea or Henderson is set for pastures new this summer.

Solskjaer opted to bring the Englishman back to Old Trafford at the start of this season after he'd spent several years away on loan.

Henderson impressed at Sheffield United and was tipped to challenge De Gea.

Initially though the Spaniard retained the faith of his manager before Henderson got a run of games midway through the campaign.

The decision to recall De Gea recently though and play him in the Europa League Final could be the final straw for Henderson.

Tom Heaton is set to return to Manchester
Tom Heaton is set to return to Manchester 

The 24-year-old himself has spoken of his desire to become the club's No 1 but is prepared to leave if necessary.

He told the club's official website : “I’ve just got to keep ticking along, keep doing well and my best is yet to come.

"I’ll keep waiting for those opportunities to come and hopefully I can build a bit of momentum and show my best form.

Prior to that though he told TV3 in the summer: "I think it's clear for everyone to know. I want to play for Manchester United and England.

"It feels like I always hit a brick wall. Maybe I'll get the opportunity [to play for Man Utd], maybe I won't, then I'll have to look down a different avenue.

"The fans have to remember what he's [De Gea] done for the last nine years - he's been phenomenal.

He's probably been the best player at United for that time period. He should get another opportunity."

Solskjaer himself has hailed Henderson as a future United No 1 but interest in him is mounting.

Tottenham could be on the lookout for a new goalkeeper whilst Borussia Dortmund have also been credited with interest.

The Norwegian previously said: “Dean has made some great choices over the years and has developed fantastically.

“We’re looking at that in terms of where he’s going to be next season, but as yet that has not been decided.

“This season has proved a great experience for him, he’s done himself some favours with his performances and proved he will be England’s No.1 and Man United’s No.1 at some point.”

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