Why Dean Henderson may get his chance at Manchester United

For some time now it has been pretty clear that there are issues at Manchester United Football Club, whether it be the results on the pitch or feelings off the pitch, it is evident something must change.

One thing that has been very much notable to see from recently permanently appointment manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjær is that he has no issue with providing youth opportunities if they earn then.

If you were to ask Manchester United fans one position on the pitch they would be looking to improve, there is a very good chance that goalkeeper would steal a lot of the votes. United currently have available to them one of, if not the best shot stopper in the world in David de Gea. However, it has been widely reported that the Spaniard is hoping to move on to pastures new and isn’t willing to pen a new deal, leaving Solskjær with a dilemma.

People will quickly jump onto the fact that the 2018/19 season was far from De Gea’s best, but his qualities are unquestionably outstanding. To put into context just how much the Spaniard did struggle during last season, a statistic that was doing the rounds after Barcelona dumped the Red Devils read: “3 – David de Gea has made three errors leading to goals in all competitions this season – the only Premier League goalkeepers to have made more across all competitions in 2018/19 at club level are Asmir Begovic (5) and Jordan Pickford (4). Agonising. #FCBMUN” – via @OptaJoe.

As a neutral football fan that is quite tough to see because it’s not great seeing the best going through difficult patches, but the fact is if there was a statistic available now, it would read even worse. After the Barcelona game, De Gea made further mistakes against both Everton and Chelsea.

Even with an off season though, United will almost certainly be desperate to keep hold of their man but should they be resigned to lose him, it may not prove to be disastrous. Waiting in the wings for the past few seasons patiently has been Sergio Romero who is a top-class keeper in his own right and is first choice for his country Argentina. In addition to that though, if he is wanted at the club England’s under-21 international Dean Henderson will be back in the North West next season after enjoying a hugely successful season in the Championship, at Sheffield United.

Having already been loaned out in the 2017/18 season at Shrewsbury, he progressed quickly and subsequently stepped up to the Championship the following season. Being truthful you would have thought he had been in the division years, he played at ease and looked very comfortable.

He picked up the number one shirt he justified why. The 22-year-old kept an impressive 21 clean sheets with help from his defence and also managed to end the season with a penalty save rate of 50%. He faced two, saving one.

Henderson will almost definitely have attracted admirers and it could the case that Sheffield United look to make his deal permanent having secured a place in the Premier League. It is very clear that he has the talent and with Solskjær’s approach to youth, if De Gea was to leave the club it would almost certainly be the ideal time to bring the young man through into the first team set up. You would think if he doesn’t get the no in that situation, he never will.

James Miller

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