Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in disagreement with his former team-mate, Gary Neville, over how the club should handle their goalkeeper dilemma.
The Norwegian reportedly considers the No 1 spot to remain a possibility for Dean Henderson despite David De Gea’s strong start to the season, while Neville would prefer to see the Red Devils pick a nailed-on starter.
Henderson missed the start of the season after contracting COVID-19, but he has gradually worked his way back to match fitness.
He has already turned out twice for the under-23s, and is expected to feature against West Ham for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup fixture.
While a positive performance would represent a step towards gaining the No 1 spot in the Premier League, De Gea is unlikely to be dropped straight away in the league after Sunday’s heroics.
The Spaniard saved a stoppage-time Mark Noble penalty to ensure United took three points from West Ham in dramatic circumstances.
Regardless, ESPN claim that Solskjaer views the starting berth as entirely up for grabs, and Henderson should be back in contention when he has first-team minutes under his belt this campaign.
The Englishman had an extended run in the side towards the end of last season at De Gea’s expense, keeping more clean sheets than his team-mate in fewer games.
Such a policy to let the pair compete for minutes in the big games is clearly favoured by Solskjaer, but Neville would prefer to see his old side put their faith in one man only.
“I think just sort the goalkeeping situation out, settle that down, decide who is going to be number one and United are in a good position defensively,” he said.
There are arguments to be made both ways, but De Gea has undoubtedly upped his game for United since Henderson became a genuine threat to his position.
Arsenal have also benefitted from a similar model, with Aaron Ramsdale coming in for relatively big money this summer to provide competition for Bernd Leno.
Although things could not have got much worse in north London, the introduction of Ramsdale coincided with a change in fortunes in the early stages of this season.
The fact Henderson was tied down to a long-term contract in 2020, reportedly seeing him pick up £120,000-a-week, tells its own story about where United see the future No 1 spot going.
A great performance against the Hammers this week could put the cat amongst the pigeons and create a dilemma for Solskjaer in the coming weeks.
One goalkeeper would inevitably be left unhappy, but such is the nature of viewing both players on an even keel, and there are surely worse problems to have for a manager.