Bring in Dean Henderson, they said. Give David de Gea some competition, they said. It will bring out the best in Manchester United’s increasingly erratic goalkeeper.

That plan looked rather flawed after a quarter of an hour of the season here at Old Trafford.

De Gea, sporting a new cropped hairdo for the new campaign, was presented with his first opportunity to pass the ball out from the back in the sixth minute and played it straight to James McArthur.


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