Rio Ferdinand has played down Dean Henderson’s chances of usurping David de Gea as Manchester United’s number one goalkeeper and still feels the Spaniard is the automatic first choice between the sticks.
De Gea travelled to Spain for the birth of his first child and is expected to miss United’s next five games, returning to Manchester after the international break, with Henderson filling in until then.
Asked if Henderson can be United’s future number one, Ferdinand said on his Vibe with FIVE YouTube series: ‘Listen, it’s a battle.
‘But you’ve got to listen to what Ole said in the press conference after: he’s got the shirt for now until De Gea is back. That’s what he said.
‘So it looks like once De Gea comes back, he’ll be back in the team. And, at the end of the day, De Gea is the number one keeper there.
‘He’s been brilliant for many seasons. Yes, he’s had the odd blip here and there but, listen, how many times has he won Player of the Year? Four times. No keeper in the history of Man United has done that.’
‘He went in there and looked commanding. So it’s down to Ole now. We have to wait and see what he does.
‘It’s difficult. We all know it can be rosy this week and not the next.
‘Listen, I hope he does well, young English goalkeeper, but at the moment I’ve got to be honest, I’d go with David de Gea for his experience, he’s the number one goalkeeper.’
Henderson has made five Premier League appearances for United this season and is yet to experience defeat, also keeping a pair of clean sheets in the recent Europa League tie against Real Sociedad.