Roy Keane believes Dean Henderson’s performance in Sunday’s derby victory demonstrated he is ready to rival David de Gea as Manchester United’s No.1 goalkeeper.
The 23-year-old returned to Old Trafford last summer following two reputation-enhancing loan spells at Sheffield United, but has largely played second fiddle to De Gea this season.
With the Spain international returning to his homeland to attend the birth of his daughter, Henderson has been presented with an opportunity to stake his claim for a promotion this week.
The England international was praised by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the role he played in helping to preserve a point in Tuesday’s stalemate against Crystal Palace and retained his place, with De Gea still absent, for Sunday’s crunch match at the Etihad Stadium.
Henderson produced another assured display as United blunted a City attack which has been on fire this season. Keane has been a regular critic of De Gea’s in recent months and after watching his understudy perform capably in such a high-profile fixture, he hinted a changing of the guard could be imminent.
He told Sky Sports: ‘The goalkeeper was excellent. Ole used the word ‘nice presence about him’ that’s what all the top goalkeepers have and I think this kid has got a great chance of being a brilliant goalkeeper for Man Utd.’
As well as making several smart saves, Hendreson also played a key role in Luke Shaw’s game-clinching strike five minutes after the restart when his adventurous throw set the United left-back on a buccaneering run which eventually ended with the England international bobbling a left-footed shot past Ederson.
‘He forces Shaw to come onto it. I think the throw forces Shaw onto it. It’s not as if he throws it behind Shaw and the keeper’s been excellent the whole game.
‘Nice body language he looks comfortable. He’s putting him on the front foot. Credit to Shaw after that.’