Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told to make brave David de Gea and Dean Henderson Man Utd decision
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to make a final decision on his first-choice goalkeeper at Manchester United this summer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been urged to be brave and make a decision on his first-choice goalkeeper next season, with Paul Parker dubbing David de Gea as the man to choose.
The Manchester United boss faces a stern test this summer in preparation for next season, where he must choose between the Spaniard and Dean Henderson for the first name on his teamsheet - with the added pressure coming from the fact that whoever he doesn’t select is likely to push for a transfer.
Having signed Tom Heaton on a free transfer, it’s become clear that a departure is on the cards from United’s stoppers this summer - with Parker making it clear that he feels Solskjaer needs to be decisive and announce his verdict swiftly.
“United need stability and they need Ole to make a decision, to come out and be brave, say who his number one in. Don’t just put someone in goal, he needs to come out and say who his number one is so everybody knows," he told MEN Sport.
“I still believe that De Gea, in a settled Manchester United team with a decent pairing in front of him that he believes in, he is the ideal goalkeeper.
"As well as Dean Henderson has done, if you look at it at this moment in time, if England had a good back-up goalkeeper then before this tournament had started, people would have been screaming for them to be in goal instead of Jordan Pickford.
“No-one has said a word, everyone has accepted Pickford and they looked at who was behind him, with Henderson, who had a good season previously with Sheffield United, did ok for Manchester United last season but didn’t end that well, no-one has been out there shouting for him to play instead of Pickford.
“That tells you what people are thinking at this moment in time about Henderson. I’m still a big fan of De Gea but Ole has to make a decision. Now he’s gone and signed Tom Heaton, you can’t have three goalkeepers. A few years back, he was in the England squad and injuries have cost him.
“Heaton would probably look at himself and say ‘I’m better than Dean Henderson, I was in a better position than him before my injury’. It’s great that you can have people fighting for a spot but not goalkeepers, you can have maybe two and that works for a while, but you can’t have three.”
Paul Parker will be joining Ray Houghton, Tony Gale and Frank McAvennie on BT Sport’s Angling Outlaws, next year. With the help of Outlaw Pro, the four former pros will be trying their hand at fishing, with the quadruplet facing off at the end of the six-part series to see who knows their slide tackles from their tackle boxes.