David de Gea may be under pressure for his No1 jersey but the Spaniard seemingly has no intentions of leaving Man Utd anytime soon.
United’s first-choice stopper now has more serious competition for his spot in the side in the form of young understudy Dean Henderson, following his return from a loan stint at Sheffield United.
While de Gea remains the preferred choice of boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Henderson has not come back to play second fiddle.
Indeed, it was only in June when Solskjaer claimed the 23-year-old would be England and United’s No1 “one day”.
But Henderson faces a battle to oust his teammate, with three years still left to run on de Gea’s contract, and with his sights firmly set on more.
Speaking in an interview with United’s official website, de Gea – who joined the club in 2011 -said: “The years have gone by. There have been good times and bad times but I’m doing well now.
“I’m really content with everything I have and all that I have achieved and I’m looking forward to the future, which will hopefully bring many more years.
“Being at a club like this and at this level for so many years, isn’t easy so I’m proud of that and bring on some more!”
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It was thought Henderson could push de Gea for an immediate place in Solskjaer’s XI, but he has so far been limited to just three appearances in cup competitions this season.
United were even weighing up the prospect of loaning him out again until the end of the season to get regular action, though that now appears unlikely with Sergio Romero expected to depart in January.
Romero’s time at the club may perhaps serve as a cautionary tale for Henderson, given the Argentine has barely featured for United despite de Gea dropping numerous high-profile clangers.
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Solskjaer defended de Gea amid his extended rough patch of form, labelling him the “world’s best goalkeeper”, and Henderson is all too aware he can’t play back-up forever.
“It wouldn’t be clever for me to sit around and not play football, I don’t think it would help any parties at all,” Henderson said in September.
But as far as de Gea’s concerned, he’s not planning on going anywhere.
De Gea, 30, added: “It’s wonderful to be here and, to be honest, I feel right at home in Manchester.”