Manchester United fans’ stance on Dean Henderson is becoming clearer by the day. In the 22-year-old, the Red Devils have arguably the best English goalkeeper in football right now – and they made that known following a stellar display against Manchester City on Tuesday.
For all their faults over the last half-decade or so, the goalkeeper position is an area where United have excelled. David de Gea has been a supreme footballer for this club, though you do feel as though his best days are behind him. In Sergio Romero, the Old Trafford outfit probably have the best back-up goalie within the sport, too.
Henderson is young, hungry and ready to make his mark. It does mean that either De Gea or Romero will probably have to move on at some point, though aged 22, there’s no doubt that the young Englishman is the way to go.
Currently tearing it up on loan with The Blades, manager Chris Wilder gave his opinion on where Henderson will end up – and he believes that the Reds loan star will be key for United going forward, claiming that where ‘his future’ is. Music to my ears.
“It won’t be on a permanent basis, definitely not. His future is at Manchester United, no doubt.” Wilder is quoted as saying by the official Sheffield United Twitter account.
“If the opportunity came about that figure would be huge. If the opportunity comes about that we could get him back on loan next season we’d be all over that”
Wilder completely rules out signing Henderson permanently, though he did hint that there’s a possibility he could return to the Steel City on loan next season. For me, that’s a mistake.
United have to take him on pre-season tour over the summer, see how he gets on and then make a decision. Honestly, I think it’ll mean Romero’s time in Manchester is brought to an end, with Henderson pushing De Gea for that starting jersey.
He’s an absolutely brilliant young goalkeeper. Bring him home, see what he can do and if that means letting De Gea go then so be it. Solskjaer wants to build for the future and in Henderson, he has someone who can play in between the sticks for at least the next decade.