Ben Foster feels it is only a matter of time until either David de Gea or Dean Henderson leaves Manchester United as neither will accept being second choice, and has praised Henderson for his mentality and performances for the Red Devils.
The Englishman has the gloves at Manchester United at the moment after De Gea returned to Spain for the birth of his child and is not expected to be in contention to play again until after the international break later this month.
Foster is full of praise for the 23-year-old who says he clearly has the mentality to be a goalkeeper for Manchester United and England.
‘He’s a proper goalkeeper, you ask anybody in football nowadays that’s watched him play, you can just see that he’s got it, he’s got the ability,’ Foster told Sky Sports.
‘I think the main thing of playing for a team like Man United is having the mentality. When I was at Manchester United I felt that I had the ability but I definitely didn’t have the mentality, I wasn’t ready for it.
‘Gary Neville always used to say it, if you can play for a team like Man United then playing for your country is not even a drama, you can take that in your stride as well.’
Foster, who was at United from 2005-10, feels neither current Red Devils goalkeeper will be ready to warm the bench given Henderson’s performances of late and De Gea’s experience.
One will be leaving the club in the near future, predicts the 37-year-old, although he wouldn’t say which one.
‘Dean Henderson wants to play first team football, he’s coming off last season at Sheffield United where he was incredible, really outstanding and he just needed to carry on playing first team football,’ said Foster.
‘It didn’t happen, he signed a new contract. David de Gea got the nod ahead of him David’s in the same boat, he wants to play first team football
‘When you’ve got a situation like that it’s never going to end nicely, somebody is going to have to leave and somebody’s going to stay and play.’