Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was giving nothing away as he prepared to make a decision on his Manchester United No 1.

David de Gea has been the club's first choice for the past decade but Dean Henderson now offers a credible alternative.

De Gea retained the No 1 jersey when Henderson returned last term but Solskjaer chopped and changed between the two as the season went on.

The Englishman was hit by Covid in pre-season which has stalled his progress and allowed the Spaniard to begin the season unchallenged.

Henderson is closing in on a return but Solskjaer refused to elude to his long-term goalkeeping plans.

Dean Henderson and David de Gea are both vying for the No 1 spot (

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The United boss said: “David has started really well. It has been very unfortunate for Dean that he has had Covid and illness, but he’s ­getting better.

“Dean is getting some games and will probably play more Under-23 games just to catch up from what he’s lost. I am very pleased with David – his attitude and everything. I am happy with the goalkeeping department.

“I am not going to say here whether I am going to keep David going or Dean is going to come in.

“David has shown his qualities, so, of course, it’s a decision to be made further along the line when Dean is 100 percent.”

De Gea has kept just the one clean sheet in the four Premier League games thus far.

He signed a lucrative long-term deal back in 2019, which has backed United into a corner somewhat given their investment in the 30-year-old.

Henderson is the future however with Solskjaer hailing him as the club's No 1 down the line.

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The former Sheffield United loanee is known to be ambitious however and playing second fiddle to De Gea in the short-term may not sit well.

Solskjaer opted to start with the Spaniard in last season's Europa League final.

Henderson told the club's official website last season: “I’ve just got to keep ticking along, keep doing well and my best is yet to come.

"I’ll keep waiting for those opportunities to come and hopefully I can build a bit of momentum and show my best form.”

Prior to that though he told TV3 : "I think it's clear for everyone to know. I want to play for Manchester United and England.

"It feels like I always hit a brick wall. Maybe I'll get the opportunity [to play for Man Utd], maybe I won't, then I'll have to look down a different avenue."

Henderson made 25 appearances in all competitions last term, 11 less than De Gea, who did spend a period of last season in Spain due to the birth of his child.

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