Man Utd: Dean Henderson ‘deserves chance’ says Hislop
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Manchester United plan to play Dean Henderson in all of their FA Cup matches and some of their Europa League games, according to reports. And the shot-stopper is happy with this. He impressed on Tuesday night, keeping a clean sheet as the Red Devils beat West Ham 1-0 in their FA Cup showdown.
United went into the match against West Ham looking to bounce back.
After drawing 3-3 with Everton on Saturday night, in a result that damaged their hopes of winning the Premier League title, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sorely needed a return to winning ways.
United weren’t at their swashbuckling best under the lights at Old Trafford but emerged victorious courtesy of Scott McTominay, who struck in extra time.
For Henderson, in goal, it was a comfortable night.
The former Sheffield United loanee didn’t have a lot to do and managed to emerge from the showdown with a clean sheet to his name.
And ESPN say Henderson is content with the club’s plan for him this season, despite spending the majority of the campaign stuck behind David De Gea in the pecking order.
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It’s claimed he’s expecting to continue to play in the FA Cup.
And he’s also hoping to be involved in the Europa League, with the club set to lock horns with Real Sociedad in the knockout stages of the competition.
United could even promote Henderson to first-choice goalkeeper if De Gea continues to make mistakes.
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The Spain international hasn’t been the same over the past 18 months and Solskjaer won’t be afraid to demote him if he feels action is needed.
Speaking after the win against the Hammers, the Norwegian praised Henderson for his solid performance on the night.
The 47-year-old said: ”I always hope our ‘keeper has a quiet night when we play and most of the time it’s happened that way.
“Today, he was clearing everything a bit, apart from the last header, he might have taken his eye off the ball a little bit.
“As a ‘keeper, David’s been used to this for years, to keep concentrated, eye on the ball, suddenly one moment comes up and you have to make a save.
“I hope that’s the way it’s going to be for our keepers for many, many years.”
Solskjaer also revealed Anthony Martial was feeling ‘fine’ after clashing heads with West Ham defender Issa Diop.
Ryan Fredericks became the first concussion substitution when he was brought on for the defender after the incident.
And Solskjaer said: “That’s medical protocols, concussion protocols, of course.
”Anthony’s fine and, unfortunately, Diop couldn’t play on.
“It’s a serious injury and condition so we’ve got to be careful and I like the chance of making concussion subs.”
Meanwhile, West Ham boss David Moyes expressed a belief his side should have had a penalty in the 92nd minute of the game.
“I am really pleased with the performance the players put in,” he said.
“I wasn’t pleased in the first-half because I didn’t think we played well enough and we gave Manchester United too much respect and stayed off them.
“But the injuries forced us into a change and the changes helped us at half-time, I thought we played much better after that.
“I am coming away from Old Trafford disappointed that we didn’t at least get a chance to go to penalty kicks as I thought we warranted that.
“We had a really good claim for a penalty kick in the 92nd minute, which adds to another game where we have had no penalties, which we have not had all season.”
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