By Vanessa Ekpereka (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – David de Gea’s Manchester United future is increasingly in doubt as his relationship with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has become strained over the issue of who the number one goalkeeper is at the club.
The Spaniard joined United nearly a decade ago, and has been unquestionably his side’s first choice between the sticks during that period.
But the return of Dean Henderson to Old Trafford in the summer after his loan spell at Sheffield United last season provided Solskjaer with a serious dilemma, and it is one that threatens to bring an end to De Gea’s time at the club.
Henderson was picked for Sunday’s 2-1 win over Brighton, but it is believed problems between De Gea, who is contracted until 2023 and earns £375,000-a-week, and his manager go much further back.
With neither player likely to stay around for next season if it becomes clear they are second-choice at the club, Solskjaer will have to play his faith in one of the pair over the next few months.
It seems probable that it will be Henderson who is favoured, having signed a new five-year contract in August, leaving De Gea to find a new club and potentially having to take a significant pay cut to do so.