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Dimitar Berbatov makes Dean Henderson prediction at Manchester United

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Dean Henderson will replace David de Gea in the Manchester United goal eventually, says former Old Trafford favourite Dimitar Berbatov.

The Bulgarian believes the goalkeeping department is very strong at United right now, though has called for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to delay in making the change in his first choice.

Berbatov believes De Gea still has plenty to offer despite coming under fierce pressure from Henderson. The former Sheffield United loanee has impressed in two Carabao Cup performances this season so far, though De Gea is the Premier League No.1.

“For this weekend, I see rumours that Dean Henderson may replace David de Gea,” noted Berbatov in his Betfair blog. “I do like Dean. He has made some great saves in his career, he has a great mindset, and he will replace de Gea eventually.

“For me though, de Gea is still one of the best keepers in the world, and he has a lot of time left for a goalkeeper. He has saved the club so many times, and has been a tremendous servant, and he can still start games for now at least.

“He has great competition in Dean, and that should help him push on, but I don’t think now is the time for a change. He is under huge pressure, as if he makes one or two mistakes, people will begin to talk.

“Maybe Dean will get his chance in the Cup, or in Europe, or maybe it will be this weekend, but this level of competition is good for the club.”

Berbatov then expressed his sympathy for his former teammate Sergio Romero, who is out in the cold at United following Henderson’s return from his Bramall Lane loan.

Berbatov added: “Keepers are like their own little family within the family of a club. They train together, eat together, talk together, and to have two keepers of such quality at United is a very good thing, and that’s without even mentioning Sergio Romero – my old Monaco teammate – who is phenomenal too.

“This is the sad part for goalkeepers – you can be brilliant and still not play. Romero is the best example, he could play in most teams, but at United he is number three.”

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