Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘makes decision’ on Man Utd keeper for Europa League final

David de Gea is set to beat Dean Henderson in the race to start for Manchester United in their Europa League final, according to reports.

Henderson and De Gea have shared goalkeeping duties this season – something which has reportedly frustrated both men at times during the campaign.

The Englishman has made 25 appearances in all competitions this season, although he had only made three starts in the Premier League before March.

Henderson has started all of the games in the FA Cup, League Cup and was in goal for the first four Europa League ties, whilst between the start of the season and March, de Gea began all of the Premier League and Champions League contests apart from three games.

It appeared as though Henderson had ousted de Gea as number one in March though.

The Spaniard missed the Crystal Palace fixture on March 3 due to what Solskjaer described as ‘personal reasons’ and Henderson was chosen in the next eight Premier League fixtures.

The 24-year-old was dropped for the Leicester game on May 11 though, despite making a string of good saves against Aston Villa in the game before.

Henderson returned against Liverpool two days later but endured a difficult afternoon, as he arguably could have done better with two of the goals.

The display led to former United captain Roy Keane questioning whether Henderson has the 'presence' to be the club's No.1 long term , stating he ‘looks so small in the goals. He looked tiny there for the fourth goal’.

De Gea had impressed in the Europa League semi-final defeat to Roma on May 6 and has played in two of the last three Premier League games.

And The Manchester Evening News report that De Gea is expected to start the Europa League final on Wednesday, May 26 against Villarreal.

Solskjaer has insisted he has yet to make a decision twice this week though.

Speaking on Monday, the United boss said: "I think there are loads of difficult calls.

"The whole squad has contributed so much. It's probably a different scenario with the 'keepers than it's normally been, because they're both in and around the 30 [games] mark [this season].

"Both have done really well. It's going to be difficult but I'll have to make other ones as well."

And it was a point he reiterated after confirming his team for the 1-1 draw with Fulham on Tuesday night.

Solskjaer said: "It was David's turn to play, he has played in Europe and Dean Henderson mostly in the league.

"I will make up my mind after the last two league games [on who starts in the Europa League final].

"There are still a couple of places up for grabs."

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