Date:8th December 2021 at 3:30pm
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Ralf Rangnick got off to the perfect start to life at Manchester United, as he witnessed his side earn a hard-fought victory over Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Brazilian midfielder Fred popped up with the winner late on to seal victory for the hosts, who now travel to face Norwich City on Saturday.

United kept just their third clean sheet of the Premier League campaign so far in the win over the Eagles, and Rangnick will have to prioritise the club’s leaky backline if he is to achieve real success during his time at the helm.

Despite the Red Devils’ poor defensive record this term, goalkeeper David de Gea has been one of the club’s most impressive players so far, putting in a number of impressive performances to prevent them from an even poorer start to the season.

The Spaniard’s form does, however, appear to have caused problems elsewhere at the club, with second choice ‘keeper Dean Henderson growing frustrated at his lack of action.

The Englishman emerged as first choice during the latter part of last season and was selected in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020, but after suffering an injury that forced him to withdraw, he has since failed to regain his top spot.

The 24-year-old has only made one appearance so far this season, in a 1-0 defeat to West Ham United in the Carabao Cup, and is now keen on a move elsewhere.

The United ‘keeper will deputise for the injured Jordan Pickford

According to the Manchester Evening News, Dutch side Ajax are eyeing a move for the player.

The report suggests that the Eredivisie side are keen on a loan move for the player when the window opens in January, although United are reluctant to let the player go.

The player would reportedly be open to the prospect of either a six-month or 18-month loan spell away from Old Trafford, although he would favour a permanent deal.

The Dutch side made an enquiry about the player when his loan spell with Sheffield United expired, and it now appears that they have made a second offer.

Henderson is expected to start in United’s final Champions League group stage game on Wednesday evening, as they host Young boys having already qualified for the knockout stages of the competition.

Ajax’s current first choice Andre Onana has not played since January after being handed a doping ban and, with his contract set to expire in June, he is expected to be sold in January.

Maarten Stekelenburg has also been injured, leaving the club extremely short in the goalkeeping department.

They will therefore make a move for Henderson, and hope that former United ‘keeper Edwin van der Sar, Ajax’s chief executive, will be able to help a move to materialise.

 
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