Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told to back David de Gea over Dean Henderson by Berbatov

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Dean Henderson and David de Gea have handed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a conundrum.

The England and Spain internationals have been battling for the No.1 shirt at Manchester United since Henderson returned from his impressive loan spell at Sheffield United in the summer.

Although Solskjaer was delighted to see the 23-year-old sign a new deal with the club, he has backed De Gea to be the best goalkeeper in Europe despite a string of notable errors in recent seasons.

Former United striker Dimitar Berbatov has now given his thoughts on the two individuals, and told the United boss that he should stick by his man rather than mixing it up against Tottenham on Sunday.

Berbatov said in his role as a Betfair ambassador that he has heard Henderson could come in to replace De Gea this weekend, but he thinks it would be a mistake to drop the former Atletico Madrid man.

He said: “For this weekend, I see rumours that Dean Henderson may replace David de Gea. I do like Dean. He has made some great saves in his career, he has a great mindset, and he will replace de Gea eventually.

“For me though, De Gea is still one of the best keepers in the world, and he has a lot of time left for a goalkeeper. He has saved the club so many times, and has been a tremendous servant, and he can still start games for now at least.”

Berbatov, who won two Premier League titles after leaving Spurs for United, went on to say: “He has great competition in Dean, and that should help him push on, but I don't think now is the time for a change.

“He is under huge pressure, as if he makes one or two mistakes, people will begin to talk.

“Maybe Dean will get his chance in the Cup, or in Europe, or maybe it will be this weekend, but this level of competition is good for the club.”

United back-up Lee Grant said of Solskjaer’s dilemma last month: “I think it's a good problem to have.

“He [Solskjaer] has got good individuals, good characters and that's important.

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“The four or five of us all understand what it takes, we all want to support each other, but most importantly we all have a determination to be better than the next one.

“That's crucial and I think that will stand us in good stead over the course of the season.

“There's lots of games to play, so all hands on deck as it were.”

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