Read every word from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s press conference before Man Utd v Everton | 1 October 2021


De Gea seems to have rediscovered his form, which is great to see. I just wonder, from what you said about every player needing to be ready, what impact that has on Dean Henderson? He was obviously fighting for that first spot last season, is that the same scenario? Will you be able to give him the game time that he requires to continue his development?

“Both Dean and Tom are ready to play when called upon. The application in training has been very good. Of course, Dean has had problems with Covid, but he’s past that now and played well against West Ham in the Carabao Cup. I’m very pleased with them. But David has really done well. As a manager, you’d like your goalkeeper not having anything to do, but when he’s had something to deal with, he’s done really well. I’m very pleased for him, very, very pleased.”

Seeing Liverpool play on Sunday, having played in the Champions League on Tuesday and you played on Wednesday and now you’ve got a game on 12:30 on Saturday… have you been given any explanation for that? You’re talking about the best part of 48 hours and a big disadvantage…

“Absolutely no explanation. Well, it’s TV. It’s absolutely no common sense at all. We had the same scenario last year when we were in Turkey, came back and played Everton. Of course, the players aren’t going to let that [the disadvantage] happen. We’re not going to get that joy again [beating Everton] that we had last year [without working hard] – we have to make it happen. It’s not like: ‘Well, we did it last year so it’s going to happen again.’ The crowd’s got to help, that’s important, and I know they will. Chelsea played Wednesday night and we could easily have played Sunday and the Liverpool v City one should have been a Saturday one. Common sense might not be so common, unfortunately, but that’s for another day.”



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