Alan Shearer urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to replace David De Gea at Man Utd

Alan Shearer has urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop David De Gea and believes Dean Henderson should be made Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper.

De Gea’s status as United’s No.1 has been called into question once again following a series of errors which cost his side in their 3-1 defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday evening.

The Spaniard has struggled for form since signing a new long-term contract with United last September.

Meanwhile, Henderson has impressed during his loan spell at Sheffield United and Shearer has joined those who believe the 23-year-old should be brought back to Old Trafford to replace De Gea.

‘If the goalkeeper has made one, possibly two [errors], you’d think, ‘okay, stick with him’. But now you’d think it’s time [to change],’ Shearer told BBC Sport.

‘It wouldn’t be so bad if it was just one, but it keeps happening.

‘I think you bring him [Henderson] back to Manchester United when you think he’s going to be the No.1.

‘I don’t think there’s any point bringing him back to sit on the bench.

‘If you’re going to bring Henderson back he has to bring him back as No.1, otherwise let him stay out there and keep on gaining experience.

‘But has the time come? Yes. The time has come for that.’

However, former United defender Phil Neville disagrees and believes De Gea should remain as Solskjaer’s first choice.

‘He’s unrecognisable from the keeper that won four player of the year [awards] out of five years [for United], he’s making mistakes,’ said Neville.

‘You look at the three goals today, I think a confident, assured, on-form David De Gea saves all three.

‘I think if I were Ole Gunnar Solskjaer I would be worried because of his performance levels, they’ve dipped, his inconsistency now is costing United games.

‘I wouldn’t leave him out yet. He’s already stated Henderson will be a future Man United No.1. But at the moment hes going to go with De Gea.

‘His credentials are still up there with the best in the world but at the moment he’s lost all his confidence.’

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