Henderson was brought back to Old Trafford after a successful two-year loan spell at Sheffield United and given a bumper new contract upon his return.
So far this season, Solskjaer has opted to keep David de Gea as his No.1, but Henderson may now be giving his manager something to think about.
The English ‘keeper put in a solid performance against Brighton on Wednesday night, keeping his second consecutive clean sheet for United after a shutout on his debut in the 3-0 win over Luton Town last week.
The five-time winners of the competition eased into the last eight stage with a dominant performance against the Seagulls at the Amex Stadium.
Scott McTominay put United 1-0 in the latter stages of the first half, heading home Juan Mata’s free-kick.
With the game evenly poised, Leandro Trossard’s stinging shot was saved expertly by Henderson, who flung out a left hand to divert the strike away from his goal, in a pivotal moment for his side.
Mata then turned from provider to scorer, netting his United’s second of the game and putting them in firm control.
Paul Pogba made it 3-0 with his deflected free-kick going in off the post as the Frenchman opened his account for the season.
‘He lives for clean sheets which a keeper should do.’
Henderson’s team-mate, Donny van de Beek, who set up Juan Mata for the second goal with a fine back-heel assist, also lauded the goalkeeper’s important stop.
‘Really, really nice save from him,” Van de Beek told MUTV.
‘Also important moment otherwise it is one-one. Amazing save from him and I think also a really important moment in the match.’