Date: 17th November 2021 at 7:58pm
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David de Gea cut a visibly frustrated figure at half-time of Manchester United’s dismal 2-0 defeat to Manchester City at Old Trafford a fortnight ago. 

The Spaniard, who was criticised for his part in City’s second goal shortly before the break, was seen punching thin air as he walked down the tunnel.

The 31-year-old has now conceded seven goals in his last two home matches, and has kept just two clean sheets in 15 appearances across all competitions so far this season.

Despite United’s leaky defensive record, De Gea has maintained his position as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first choice ‘keeper, despite Dean Henderson’s return from injury.

The Englishman had emerged as number one at the end of last season and was part of England’s squad for Euro 2020, but suffered an injury and was forced to withdraw, and has since suffered with Covid-19.

De Gea has reestablished his position as first-choice ‘keeper at Old Trafford this term.

The former Sheffield United loanee is now reportedly growing tired of his lack of game time, with his only appearance so far this season having been in the Carabao Cup defeat to West Ham United.

It was widely reported that the 24-year-old would push for a move away from the club in January, in order to ensure regular first team football in a bid to make next year’s World Cup squad.

Now, it appears that Henderson’s plans might have been scuppered.

According to 90min, United have offered the player a loan move away from the club until 2023, but are unwilling to let him go permanently.

Henderson, however, is not keen on the idea of a loan, citing a lack of benefit from his perspective.

Henderson remains intent on a permanent move away, with United showing no indication that De Gea will be dropped any time soon.

The report suggests that De Gea, who is under contract until 2023, has been approached by his current employers about a potential extension, as they don’t want to risk losing him for free.

Henderson, meanwhile, has been left in the lurch and may be forced to agree to a long-term loan deal in order to avoid spending the next 18 months on the bench.

The England international has apparently spoken to Solskjaer about his situation, but the Norwegian was unable to give him any assurances as to his role within the team.

Henderson is also under contract until 2025, giving United an upper hand in talks as they are under no obligation to sell him and will undoubtedly prefer to keep him as cover to provide back up for De Gea.

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