The reliable Manchester Evening News have provided an insight into Manchester United’s summer plans for highly-regarded on-loan goalkeeper Dean Henderson.
22-year-old shot-stopper Henderson has spent the last couple of seasons with Sheffield United.
After impressing during a stint in League One with Shrewsbury, Henderson subsequently made the step up to the Championship last season, where he went on to play an integral role in Sheffield United’s return to the Premier League.
Across 45 league appearances, the English talent racked up 21 clean sheets, cementing himself as a firm fan favourite at Bramall Lane.
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✅ 45 games
❌ 21 clean sheets
⚽️ 39 goals conceded
🎯 1 assist
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And Henderson’s stellar form has since carried into his first experience of top-flight football.
Amid Sheffield United’s charge to 5th in the Premier League table, the former Carlisle United youth has conceded just 24 goals across 26 appearances.
This is a record bettered only by top of the table Liverpool.
Henderson back to Sheffield?
The end of the campaign, though, will see Henderson’s future up in the air once more, after his loan deal at Bramall Lane expires.
This is set to pose a major dilemma for Manchester United, with David de Gea expected to continue to act as no.1 at Old Trafford next season, and Argentinian international Sergio Romero a highly-reliable backup.
As such, as outlined above, the Manchester Evening News have provided an insight into the apparent plans of the Red Devils hierarchy.
It is claimed that, if David de Gea’s recent upturn in form continues for the remainder of the campaign, the most likely outcome will be for Henderson to return to Sheffield United for another season-long loan stint.
This would allow Sergio Romero to play out the final year of his deal at Old Trafford, opening up the possibility of Henderson battling it out with de Gea for starting duties at United for the 2021-22 campaign.
If Sheffield United hope to make their current no.1’s transfer permanent, meanwhile, the Blades would have to cough up at least £30 million.