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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to choose his first-choice goalkeeper for the remainder of the Premier League season when Manchester United host Brighton on Sunday.
Dean Henderson enjoyed a run of six consecutive starts before the international break as the more experienced David de Gea took time off for the birth of his child.
Although the Englishman kept four clean sheets during that period, it remains to be seen whether he has done enough to displace his Spanish team-mate for good.
Solskjaer has now admitted that he has a conundrum on his hands before the return of domestic football, with his decision this weekend to set the tone for the rest of the campaign and beyond.
While The Sun report that that call against Brighton will point to who will be the main man next season, Solskjaer said: “It's difficult to leave one of them out.
“It's easy to give the nod they'll play, it's difficult to leave one out. Where there can be potential tension and controversy, everyone wants to hear a comment from me.
“They are both top goalkeepers and both of them want to play as much as possible. But who we pick will be decided on merit and we have to think of who's going give us a win on any given day.
“Both will be needed in these final nine league games and five in the Europa League because we want to go all the way in that.”
The Norwegian has also admitted that the Seagulls will offer a threat at Old Trafford, pointing towards their 3-2 win at the Amex back in September.
He added: “Since I came, we've played them quite a few times and always had hard fought games, difficult games.
“When you prepare for a game against Brighton you can see all our players with bright eyes because they really respect the way they play and the quality they have against.
“We have to be at our best to earn the right to play because you have to work really hard to get the ball off them.”
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