Former Reds discuss United keepers

Tuesday 16 March 2021 11:58

Manchester United legend Denis Irwin admits he is interested to see who starts in goal against AC Milan and Leicester City this week, now that David De Gea is back from a period of leave.

The club’s no.1 returned to Spain earlier this month to attend the birth of his first child and, due to coronavirus rules, he had to complete a period of isolation upon his return to England.  

Dean Henderson has started the matches against Crystal Palace, Manchester City, AC Milan and West Ham United in De Gea’s absence, keeping three clean sheets to take his tally for the season to 10. 

David returned to the Aon Training Complex on Monday in keeping with all protocols and will presumably travel to Italy on Wednesday, for our Europa League last-16 second leg in Milan. 

With an Emirates FA Cup quarter-final against Leicester City to come on Sunday, it will be fascinating to see how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer approaches the position and Irwin admits he is intrigued. 
Watch as Denis Irwin and Roy Carroll assess the current goalkeeping situation on MUTV.
“It is interesting to see what happens,” explains the Irishman on MUTV. “There are two games within three days, so that is up to Ole now. “Dean didn't have anything to do [against West Ham] and he's had a run of games when he hasn't conceded many goals, so he will be well pleased with that.

“But going forward it is great for Ole to have good competition there. It is just one area of the football field when you are in, you are in. It almost feels like that. 

“I don't know what the situation is at the moment. Dean has done nothing wrong and David has been away back in Spain. We will have to see in the next few days.”
Former United and West Ham goalkeeper Roy Carroll joined Irwin during MUTV’s coverage on Sunday, providing his expert analysis on what was an invaluable Premier League victory

When speaking about Henderson’s performance, the Northern Irishman explained the young Academy graduate will benefit from a quiet night like that – because there are so many as a Red. 

“For me, I played in many games with teams when you don't have much to do,” said Carroll. “In other games you play in, you have loads to do. Sometimes I think a lot of goalkeepers like to be in the action but this is why it's all about experience for Dean. 
“He was at Sheffield United last season when he was doing a lot of work in the games and now he's at Manchester United, he might have nothing to do in a game. There is just that one moment when he has to make a big save, or command his back four, or come for a cross and that is what he has to learn now. That is the experience of playing for Manchester United's first team.”