Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskajer has explained his decision to drop David de Gea for Dean Henderson for the Premier League match away to Sheffield on Thursday night.
De Gea has been a mainstay in United's starting team in the Premier League, missing a single match so far this season; the 3-1 win away to West Ham.
Henderson, however, got a rare start between the posts against a club where he learned his trade, and Solskjaer explained after the match why he picked him.
“It’s one I had penciled in for him early on,” explained Ole. “I feel Dean is ready as well now to take these games on because he’s played well when he’s played. David did really well against City, it’s not anything to do with that [form].”
Henderson though had a shaky start as his mistake led to Sheffield's opener after just four minutes, but United recovered to win 3-2, their sixth on the road.
Speaking before the match, Solskajer explained how the loan deal at Bramall Lane helped Henderson to become one of the best.
“It just shows how beneficial some loan deals are,”
“Of course Dean has worked his way up through the ranks, through the system and the two years at Sheffield United has made him really come back as a more mature, quality keeper. He's had some experiences there with a great promotion and his year in the Premier League last season as well was very valuable for us and for him.”
The win saw United move to sixth on the standings on 23 points, same as Everton on fifth and five off league leaders Liverpool.