Dean Henderson is set to request a transfer away from Manchester United this summer should the goalkeeper not be reassured of his position.
The Manchester Evening News report that the United academy graduate has grown ‘frustrated’ at his lack of playing time this season and will look for a move away from the club if he is not made United’s number one.
The Whitehaven born keeper forced himself into contention for the number one spot at Old Trafford after two successful loan spells at Sheffield United. The 23-year-old’s importance has been emphasised this season as the Blades have failed to repeat the heroics of last season, in which Henderson played a major part, keeping 13 clean sheets in 36 league appearances.Embed from Getty Images
Since returning to Old Trafford, Henderson has found himself very much playing second fiddle to David de Gea. The England international has featured in all the cup competitions this season, including a League Cup semifinal vs Manchester City. However, Henderson is yet to break into manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s primary thoughts for selection in the Premier League making only 3 league appearances.
The Norwegian has decided to stay loyal to De Gea after the Spaniards decade of service to the club. Despite many feeling that the force that kept United out of many problems in the past has waned as errors have crept into De Gea’s game.
Prior to the Newcastle clash on Sunday evening, Solskjaer did hint at Henderson possibly featuring after making a solid claim with a solid showing vs Real Sociedad in the Europa League.Embed from Getty Images
“Of course Dean is in with a shout.” The United manager told press.
“We pick a team on Saturday and Dean was very solid, good kicking and he could or should have had an assist for Marcus, which is another thing we worked on. He was clean in his handling, clean in his short passes and it was a good performance.”
“He is maturing all the time but I have a very, very good goalkeeper in David [de Gea].
“He saved us against West Brom so I can’t say to you now. I always speak to the players first before I say who’s playing and they will know.”
It remains to be seen which way Solskjaer will sway in terms of who he hands the number one spot next season.