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Dean Henderson To Rival David De Gea For Man Utd's No.1 Spot - Eric Steele  

Jayfred Ugo

Jayfred Ugo

Former Manchester United goalkeeping coach, Eric Steele, has scouted Dean Henderson to challenge the Spanish number one goalkeeper, David De Gea, for the number one spot at Old Trafford.

Dean Henderson is currently on loan at Sheffield United from Manchester United and was recently called up to the England squad by Coach Gareth Southgate.

The 22-year-old is on his second season on loan at Sheffield United where he played a key role in the 'Sheffield United' promotion to the Premier League last season from the English Championship.

His incredible performance in the English Premier League top-flight campaign has now earned him his maiden call-up to Gareth Southgate's England squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers. His inclusion came as a result of the withdrawal of Tom Heaton.

Steele claims it would be just a matter of time until Dean Henderson wears the famous Manchester United number one jersey, worn by the likes of Edwin Van Der Sa and Peter Schmeichel. Steele also tipped Henderson to become De Gea's long-term successor.

“He has all the physical attributes you need," Steele told 'The Athletic'. "Plus that cockiness and confidence about him. He sees himself as the biggest challenger to David De Gea at Manchester United and I love that. Even though he is not at the club right now.

“I have no problems with that. He is doing the right thing and getting experience at a good club. He is still a young keeper. Peter Schmeichel didn’t come to Old Trafford until he was 28. David De Gea was the exception at 19 or 20. I have said this to Dean privately. He is still a young keeper."

After spending time on loan at Stockport, Grimsby and Shrewsbury, the shot-stopper is yet to receive recognition from Manchester United. Eric Steele, the Red Devil's former goalkeeping coach, believes the youngster has the potential to strip De Gea of his number one spot, which he has held on to for eight years at Old Trafford.