Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes goalkeeper Dean Henderson has been given “a wake-up call” following a below-par display against Burnley.
Henderson has usurped David de Gea as United’s first choice goalkeeper in Premier League matches, starting each of the last six matches in the division.
The 24-year-old has conceded just three goals in that run and has generally impressed with his strong command of his area and shot-stopping skills.
However, the England international gave an erratic display against the Clarets on Sunday; he was caught in no man’s land after just 20 seconds when Chris Wood converted a cross – which was disallowed for offside – and conceded from James Tarkowski’s header from a corner five minutes after the break.
The Red Devils ran out 3-1 victors thanks to a Mason Greenwood double and late Edinson Cavani strike, but boss Solskjaer admitted that his young goalkeeper was still learning and developing.
“The first one is a wake-up call for him, he’s a proactive keeper and luckily he was offside so another win and Dean is still learning and maturing,” Solskjaer admitted.
“You never know [against Burnley], anything can happen in either box. Any time they get a cross in with their quality you’ve got your heart in your mouth.
“We built some pressure, especially down the left, wanted to do the right things and we got the goals we wanted.”
Henderson had starred over the previous two seasons on loan at Sheffield United before returning to Old Trafford this summer and earning a new long-term contract.
The United youth graduate had spent most of the campaign as deputy to De Gea – 13 of Henderson’s 21 starts have come in cup competitions – but the Spaniard’s form has led to Henderson being afforded an extended run in the team.
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