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Henderson ‘100% ready’ to replace De Gea as Man Utd’s No.1

David De Gea & Dean Hendeson - Manchester United
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The English shot-stopper is enjoying a run of games at the moment but has largely played second-fiddle to the experienced Spaniard.

Dean Henderson is “One hundred percent ready” to replace David De Gea as Manchester United’s No.1, according to his former manager Paul Hurst.

De Gea took an unexpected leave of absence prior to Manchester United’s match with Crystal Palace last week which opened up a much-needed opportunity for Henderson.

Henderson kept a clean sheet as his side played out a 0-0 draw. He did now allow the high-flying Manchester City to score as well in the subsequent game while also played a key role in United’s second goal in the 2-0 win.

The 23-year-old has earned much plaudits for his last couple of performances, particularly for his distribution and the ability to command his box.

Sooner or later, the Red Devils’ first-choice between the sticks will return. And Hurst, who signed Henderson on loan for Grimsby Town back in 2016, suggests Henderson should continue ever after De Gea is back.

Hurst told takSPORT: “If Dean made some of the mistakes De Gea has made, the comment would be it shows he’s not quite ready.

“One hundred per cent, Dean is ready to take over from De Gea.

“That’s not to say there might not be a mistake or dip in form, but he has a presence about him. He will back himself and be confident that he can do the job for Man United.

“If he doesn’t get to be No.1 very, very soon, it wouldn’t surprise me if he was looking to go elsewhere because lots of footballers want to play, but one, he has the ability and two, he has a stronger desire to play than other footballers.”