The Manchester Evening News have, on Thursday, provided the latest on talks between Manchester United and Sheffield United concerning Dean Henderson.
Sheffield United standout
Henderson, a Man United youth product, has spent the last two campaigns plying his trade out on loan at Sheffield United.
The 23-year-old played an instrumental role in the Blades clinching promotion to the English top-flight last term, keeping 21 clean sheets in 46 league ties.
After such an impressive 2018/19, Chris Wilder and co. opted to maintain Henderson’s services for the current campaign – on yet another season-long loan.
And despite the step up in quality, Sheffield United and Henderson have both enjoyed a sensational season to date.
The shot-stopper, for his part, has conceded just 22 goals in 27 league outings, a record only bettered by soon-to-be Premier League champions Liverpool.
Man United’s Henderson decision
However, with the COVID-19 outbreak having of course forced the Premier League into a three-month break, whether or not Henderson will see out the remainder of the campaign in Sheffield remains to be seen.
Chris Wilder has previously expressed the view that it would be ‘morally correct’ to allow Henderson to remain at Bramall Lane for his side’s final 10 games of the campaign.
But, in something of a surprise, as we head into the business end of the season, the Blades are currently rivalling Manchester United for 5th spot – a position that could well secure Champions League football for next season if Manchester City’s European ban is upheld.
As a result, those in a position of power at Man United may now be less keen to allow such a close rival to maintain the services of the in-form Henderson.
And, if the aforementioned report from the Manchester Evening News is to be believed, then the Red Devils are still yet to come to a decision regarding the Englishman.
As per the MEN, discussions between Man United and Sheffield United over an extended loan have been ongoing for weeks. However, crucially, it is added that no decision has yet been reached.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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