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Gary Neville has claimed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to recall Dean Henderson from his loan spell at Sheffield United has created an impossible task for the Manchester United manager this season.
The 23-year-old has spent the last two campaigns gaining first team experience at Bramall Lane and is now a member of Gareth Southgate’s senior England squad.
De Gea was unable to produce his best form last season and committed a number of high-profile errors, leading to scathing criticism from the likes of Roy Keane who tore into the Spaniard following one particularly embarrassing error against Tottenham back in June.
Solskjaer has regularly defended the 29-year-old throughout a difficult spell but Neville believes having two goalkeepers of similar quality is only likely to prove problematic over the course of the next nine months.
Speaking to Daily Telegraph, he said: “I actually never think it is ideal having a situation like this in that position. Henderson isn’t going to sit around and wait and watch. And every time David De Gea makes some mistake. I know, we’ll be saying on Sky: is this Henderson’s moment?
“Certainly the moments where we had a changing goalkeeping situation, say between Roy Carroll and Tim Howard, it was unhealthy in the sense that none of them really knew who the No1 was.
“None of them probably felt fully supported, in the sense that they weren’t absolutely guaranteed to play every week. They always probably felt like they were one mistake away from the other one playing.
“That could happen with De Gea and Henderson this season. It’s going to be a real challenge of Ole’s management skills to keep them both happy, because I think that’s impossible.”
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