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Man Utd evening headlines as de Gea responds to biggest challenge

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Here are your Manchester United evening headlines for Thursday, October 22nd.

De Gea responds to his biggest United challenge

David de Gea was named Manchester United‘s man of the match in their impressive 2-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

The Spaniard has been in much-improved form this term, and former Reds midfielder Darren Fletcher highlighted the reason why after his midweek masterclass.

“People wonder why Dean Henderson was kept around, it was basically to say to David ‘you’ve got a challenge now’,” Fletcher told BT Sport.


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“I think [Sergio] Romero was always happy to be the second choice but now David has got a genuine contender for a number one spot and it’s bringing out the best in him.

“His performance tonight was fantastic, he kept them in the game with some great saves. David has been on top form this season and it’s no coincidence.

Dean Henderson is a threat, he wants to be that number one, he’s got the confidence, but he’s got a long way to go.

“I’m glad to see David get back to his best form.”

After two excellent performances in the League Cup, Henderson is pushing de Gea hard this season.

And Dominic Booth has written for MEN Sport about the unique goalkeeping situation at Old Trafford. You can read the full analysis here.

Hargreaves pinpoints selection dilemma

Owen Hargreaves believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will struggle to find a reason to drop Axel Tuanzebe from the starting line-up after the defender’s flawless showing against PSG.

“I love him,” said former Reds midfielder Hargreaves on BT Sport. “Good luck getting this guy out of the team.

“To be fair, he is a good athlete, he makes good decisions, physically he has a presence, he wasn’t fazed by (Kylian) Mbappe or Neymar, I think he grew into the occasion.”

Tuanzebe hadn’t featured for the United first team in ten months prior to being thrown into the starting XI in Paris.

Harry Maguire didn’t travel with the squad due to a hamstring problem and may face a fight to reclaim his place, although it remains to be seen whether Solskjaer will persist with the back three used on Tuesday or revert to a back four.

Giggs provides transfer verdict

United legend Ryan Giggs has described new signing Edinson Cavani as a “proper centre forward” and believes the Uruguayan is precisely what the United team lacked last season.

“I faced Cavani in my second game for Wales, and he was better than Suarez, actually, in the game. I didn’t think he was that good, he was a real handful,” Giggs said on the Webby & O’Neill YouTube channel.

“Now, he hasn’t played in a long time, so he might be a little rusty, but what you’re getting – you’re getting a centre-forward, which I think a lot of fans have been crying out for.

“A proper centre forward, who can lead the line. We’ve got Marcus, we’ve got Martial, who are half a winger, half a centre-forward, but Cavani is a centre forward, a target man.

“He’s got the experience. I’m hoping that, just like Bruno has, he’ll make the players around him even better.”

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