Dean Henderson could find himself back on the Manchester United bench as soon as Thursday with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feeling hopeful over the return of David de Gea.
De Gea missed the narrow victory over West Ham on Sunday as well as the previous three outings after travelling to and from Spain for the birth of his first child.
Solskjaer noted before the aforementioned fixture that the return of his first-choice stopper would depend on a negative Covid-19 test following his mandatory period of isolation.
The Norwegian then gave some additional thoughts after the victory, with De Gea one of five players that could return for the trips to take on Milan and Leicester in the Europa League and FA Cup.
“We hope, we actually hope all five of them will be back,” Solskjaer revealed.
“David [De Gea] hopefully, Donny [van de Beek], Edinson [Cavani], Paul [Pogba] maybe, and Anthony [Martial] is very likely to be back. So a stronger squad to travel to Italy with.”
Having previously noted: “He's finishing his isolation period today.
“Hopefully, he'll be back in training tomorrow after a 'test to release' because you've got to follow all the protocols. So, hopefully, the test comes back the way we want it.”
Although Henderson has impressed on the whole when asked to step into the fold at United, he did hand Milan what could be a vital away goal with a late error in their first encounter.
In what could provide another reason for Henderson to hope for faith from his manager, Jamie Carragher believes that England boss Gareth Southgate will be keeping a keen eye.
“I think if Dean Henderson becomes the Manchester United number one goalkeeper, I always think it’s very difficult for an England manager to not pick a player at a top club, never mind a goalkeeper," Carragher said.
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"What I said about Nick Pope: I think he’ll find it very difficult to ever become a regular for England because he plays for Burnley, and I don’t mean any disrespect to Sean Dyche or the club, but certainly in the way they play and the way Gareth Southgate wants to play, it’s completely different.
“If you’re playing for Manchester United week-in and week-out – it still remains to be seen whether he stays in the team – playing Champions League when the pressure is as high as possible, I think it gives him a great opportunity.
“Maybe after this tournament, I think Pickford will keep his place for that, but going forward into next season, I think if Henderson is the United goalkeeper, it’s very difficult not to pick him for England.”
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