Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to make three changes with David de Gea returning in place of Dean Henderson December 18, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
David de Gea is likely to return in goal for Manchester United when they host Leeds on Sunday.
The Red Devils No.1 goalkeeper was rested for Thursday’s 3-2 win over Sheffield United with Dean Henderson starting between the sticks.
But it was a third Premier League appearance for Henderson to forget, as his blunder led to the Blades’ opening goal.
The England stopper took too long to clear a ball, which was blocked by Olivier Burke and eventually turned in by David McGoldrick.
Henderson’s mistake did not cost his team, however, as goals from Marcus Rashford (2) and Anthony Martial maintained United’s 100 per cent away record in the league this season.
De Gea could be one of three changes made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who could lean on Scott McTominay at the expense of Nemanja Matic to counteract Leeds’ energetic midfield.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side scored three late goals to secure a 5-2 win over Newcastle on Wednesday.
Elsewhere, Luke Shaw could come in for Alex Telles at left-back having fully recovered from a hamstring injury.
The 25-year-old returned to action for the first time in a month in United’s 3-2 defeat to RB Leipzig, which resulted in their exit from the Champions League.
Solskjaer is expected to stick with forwards Martial, Rashford and Mason Greenwood as the trio looked very dangerous at Bramall Lane.
“I don’t think it’s just a key to get them on the pitch – it’s a key to get them on the pitch playing well and performing,” Solskjaer said.
“They’ve all played and I said before the game today that we need them to kick on, start scoring goals.
“We’ve done okay without them really firing and tonight they showed their capabilities. Now we need that consistency. We need it again and again, so I’m very happy with all three of them.”