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Competition with Henderson can bring out best in De Gea: Fletcher

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Sheffield United v Everton - Bramall Lane, Sheffield, Britain - July 20, 2020 Sheffield United's Dean Henderson during the warm up before the match, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pool via REUTERS/Peter Powell/Files

(Reuters) - Dean Henderson has all the tools to become Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper but his presence will also bring out the best in David De Gea, former Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher has said.

De Gea came under scrutiny last season following a number of high-profile errors, with Henderson backed to take over after an impressive loan spell at Sheffield United.

Henderson, 23, impressed on his United debut, making a key save in their 3-0 win at Luton Town in the League Cup on Tuesday to strengthen his bid to replace the 29-year-old Spaniard as first-choice in goal.

“He’s gone away to Sheffield United and did fantastic in the Championship and the Premier League last year,” Fletcher told Sky Sports.

“De Gea has a real challenge on his hands now, he’s a genuine contender.

“Henderson wants to be United’s number one -- he’s got the confidence, he’s got the arrogance, he believes in himself. He backs himself and it’s going to bring out the best out of De Gea.”

United face Brighton & Hove Albion in the league on Saturday.

Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford