Alan Shearer believes that it is time for Dean Henderson to replace David de Gea as Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper.
De Gea endured another error-strewn displayed as United were beaten 3-1 by Chelsea in the semi-finals of the FA Cup at Wembley, with the Spaniard especially at fault for the Blues’ second goal when he failed to deal with a hopeful effort from Mason Mount.
Henderson has impressed during his two-year loan spell at Sheffield United, and Shearer feels that the 23-year-old is ready to make an impact at Old Trafford.
Speaking on BBC One, Shearer said: ‘I think it’s time (to drop him). It keeps happening.
‘I think you bring Henderson back when you think he’s going to be number one. He has to bring him back as number one otherwise keep him out on loan for experience, but, has that time come? Yes, I think it has.’
During the defeat against Chelsea de Gea also came in for criticism for his role in Chelsea’s opener when he was beaten by a flick from Olivier Giroud.
De Gea still has just under three years remaining on his contract at United after signing a new bumper deal at the start of the season, but he has struggled for form and made several notable mistakes this term.
Sheffield United are hopeful of re-signing Henderson on loan for another year but it is not yet clear if boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will decided to bring him back to compete with de Gea for the No 1 shirt.
Henderson joined United’s academy aged 14 and had spells on loan at Stockport County, Grimsby Town and Shrewsbury Town prior to linking up with Sheffield United. He has been on the bench for Manchester United but has yet to play for the club in a competitive game.
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