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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he’s facing “difficult” David de Gea decision

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he faces a “difficult decision” over whether to go with David De Gea or Dean Henderson as Manchester United’s No.1 goalkeeper.

Henderson has played United’s last six games, after De Gea returned to Spain to be present at the birth of his first child.

Both are available for Sunday’s Premier League visit of Brighton to Old Trafford, with Solskjaer giving few clues away over who will be between the posts.

“I have the great option of two top goalkeepers and it’s a pleasure to have them here,” said Solskjaer.

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“The two keepers will probably be needed in these last nine-plus games and they know we value them both really highly.

“It’s difficult to leave one of them out. It’s easy to give the nod to one and say they’ll play, but it’s a difficult decision to leave one out.

David De Gea and Dean Henderson are fighting over Man Utd’s No.1 shirt

“We’ve got nine-plus games to go, so I’m sure you’ll see both of them playing in goal for us.

“I understand the question and the narrative in the media. Where there’s tension, or where there can be potential tension and controversy, that’s when everyone wants to hear a comment from me.

“I’ve got great options in both of them, but that will be decided on merit and we have to think who’s going to give us a win on any given day.”

Injury-wise, Solskjaer hopes to have Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood back, after both were forced to pull out of the England and Under-21 squads respectively.

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Solskjaer said: “It’s always difficult when you send them away on an international break, you keep your fingers crossed they’ll be available for you.

“I don’t know about Anthony, he didn’t join in training this morning, but Marcus and Mason trained for the first time this morning and hopefully they can get through that.

“If they can complete the full session tomorrow, they might be available for selection on Sunday.”

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