Current No. 1 De Gea has been at Old Trafford for almost a decade, making more than 400 appearances for the Red Devils since his move from Atletico Madrid in 2011.
The Spaniard has been voted the PFA goalkeeper of the year five times since his move to the Premier League, but his form in recent seasons has raised eyebrows and led to speculation that Henderson will soon replace him as Man United’s number one.
Henderson impressed on loan at Sheffield United last season and, upon his return to the Theatre of Dreams at the start of the 2020-21 season, signed a new long-term contract.
Despite United’s show of faith, Henderson has been forced to play back-up to De Gea for most of the campaign, although he is currently set for an extended spell in the team due to his rival undertaking paternity leave.
The next few weeks could be crucial for De Gea and Henderson as Solskjaer considers his first-choice goalkeeper for next season, but the Daily Record say Manchester United could yet sign a new shot-stopper in this summer’s transfer window.
United would be confident of securing a large fee for Henderson, who is said to be eyeing a move to another Premier League club, but De Gea’s huge salary could prove a sticking point for potential suitors.
Asked about Manchester United’s transfer plans ahead of the summer window, Solskjaer said this week: ‘We’re always looking to improve our squad, of course we are. We’re always looking at better players, of course we are.’
In the absence of De Gea, who returned to Spain to be at the birth of his child, Henderson will hope to establish himself as Man United’s first-choice goalkeeper in the latter stages of the season.
Discussing De Gea’s absence and the opportunity it presents Henderson, Solskjaer said: ‘I will give him the time he needs before he comes back.
‘He asked to go home and in the old world that is a day and you are ready again, but now with the pandemic and the quarantines of course it is a different world.
‘But still we felt when David wanted to go and be there to support his girlfriend, of course there’s not even a decision to make.
‘Dean came in and played well, and he’s ready. So I’ll give David the time he needs of course.’
Manchester United are second in the Premier League but slipped 14 points behind Man City after Wednesday’s underwhelming draw at Crystal Palace. Solskjaer’s side face the league leaders on Sunday.