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Jamie Carragher believes Man Utd goalkeeper Dean Henderson deserves a chance (Picture: Sky Sports)

Jamie Carragher believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should drop David de Gea and give Dean Henderson the chance to prove Manchester United do not need to sign a new goalkeeper.

De Gea, 30, has been United’s first-choice goalkeeper for the best part of a decade but mistakes have crept into his game over the last few seasons.

Henderson, who impressed on loan at Sheffield United last term, was hoping to replace De Gea as Solskjaer’s No. 1 following his return to Old Trafford but has started just two Premier League matches during the 2020-21 campaign.

With United seemingly set to secure a top-four finish, Carragher believes it is time for Solskjaer to give Henderson a chance to impress and prove he is good enough to be a Man United goalkeeper.

‘The next big thing Manchester United need to do is sort the goalkeeper out,’ former Liverpool and England defender Carragher told Sky Sports.

‘David de Gea, right now, is not a goalkeeper to win the league. They have a really good understudy in Dean Henderson, but we don’t know if he’s Manchester United material.

Manchester United goalkeepers David de Ge and Dean Henderson (Picture: Getty)

‘United aren’t going to win the league but I think they’re pretty safe for the top-four with the points they’ve got and how good they are.

‘If I was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, I would put Dean Henderson in for 10 or 12 games now because they need to find out if he’s Manchester United’s number one for next season.

‘If he plays and he’s not good enough, they need to buy a new goalkeeper in the summer.’

Solskjaer has praised Henderson for his development over the past 18 months and admitted last week that he is ‘not the most patient’ player as he bids to rival De Gea for the No. 1 jersey.

‘Well, Dean has played well whenever he’s got the chance, and he’s matured. For me, he’s developed his game,’ Solskjaer said.

‘I know he’s not played as many games as he would have done last season, but you see every game when he plays, and in training, his improvement.

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‘He’s working hard on a couple of aspects that we’ve spoken about with him. I’ve been impressed with his attitude and work-rate.

‘Of course, he’s, how do you say, he’s not the most patient guy! He wants to play every game because he knows that he’ll perform well, so long may it continue, because he’s improved since he’s come here.’

Manchester United face Real Sociedad in the Europa League on Thursday night before returning to Premier League action on Sunday against Newcastle United.

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