Ole Gunnar Solskjaer accepts David De Gea or Dean Henderson could leave Manchester United if left out of Europa League final starting XI

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is yet to make a decision between David De Gea and Dean Henderson for Wednesday’s Europa League final and accepts that whoever misses out is likely to have played their last game for the club. De Gea started the season as first choice, with Henderson getting a chance to impress in the cup competitions following his return from a two-year loan spell at Sheffield United. However, Henderson recently took over Premier League duties when De Gea flew to Spain to attend the birth of his first child, giving the England international the perfect chance to stake his claim to be the side’s long-term number one.

But Henderson has failed to convince Solskjaer that he should be the undisputed first choice, with the 24-year-old making a costly error in a 4-2 defeat to Liverpool earlier in the month and looking susceptible from set pieces.

Henderson made it clear on his return last summer that he had no intention of providing back-up to De Gea and the England ace has attracted interest from Tottenham, Chelsea, Dortmund and AC Milan since he was dropped for the 1-1 draw against Fulham in the Premier League last week.

That move suggests Solskjaer is swaying towards De Gea for the game in Gdansk and ESPN claims the Norwegian is aware that whoever misses out in Poland is likely to leave the club this summer. De Gea, 30, is United’s highest earner on £375,000-a-week and is keen to stay at Old Trafford. Solskjaer has concerns over the Spaniard’s lack of motivation and his inability to command his box but he is technically superior to Henderson, who has the upper hand in his communication and organisation skills. The game is the biggest of Solskjaer’s two-and-a-half-year reign at Old Trafford, providing him with the chance of winning silverware for the first time at the club as manager. United have lost five semi-finals under the Norwegian.

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