Former Manchester United legend Roy Keane believes that Dean Henderson’s performance in Sunday’s derby victory showed that he is ready to rival David de Gea as United’s number one goalkeeper.
The 23-year-old returned to Old Trafford last summer after two loan spells that enhanced his reputation at Sheffield United, but he has largely played a supporting role to De Gea this season.
With the Spanish international returning to his homeland to attend the birth of his daughter,Henderson has had the opportunity to stake his claim for a promotion this week.
The English international was praised by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the role he played in helping preserve a point in Tuesday’s draw against Crystal Palace and kept his place, with De Gea still absent, for Sunday’s decisive match at the Etihad Stadium.
Henderson produced another fine display when United stopped a City attack that has been on fire this season. Keane has been a regular critic of De Gea in recent months and, after seeing his understudy perform skillfully in such a high-profile encounter, he hinted that a changing of the guard might 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.
In addition to making several smart saves, Hendreson also played a key role in Luke Shaw’s goal five minutes after the restart when his adventurous shot put United’s left-back on a buccaneer run that ultimately ended with the England international rebounding a left -He passed Ederson with a shot.
Keane added: ‘I thought it was an excellent goal and a very good throw from the goalkeeper because he puts a bit of pace on it in front of Shaw.
“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.”