Dean Henderson ready to force Man Utd loan after losing David de Gea battle

Dean Henderson will reportedly seek a January loan move after losing his battle with David de Gea for Manchester United's No1 spot.

Henderson was expected to start the campaign as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first-choice keeper having displaced De Gea towards the end of last season.

But a bout of Covid forced him out of action, while De Gea's latest impressive display saw him save Mark Noble's last-gasp penalty as United beat West Ham in Sunday's Premier League clash.

The Hammers are again United's opponents in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday – but Tom Heaton looks set be handed his debut in between the sticks, with Henderson having been unable to even make the bench so far this season.

Henderson only returned to training recently, although he did play two full games for the under-23s this month against Arsenal and Brighton.

In the meantime, De Gea has been in inspired form – and the situation has left his 24-year-old rival looking for a loan move when the January transfer window opens, according to The Sun.

The publication says one player who will be given a chance is Phil Jones, who is set to make his first appearance in 20 months on Wednesday.

United boss Solskjaer has stuck by Jones despite a long list of injury problems, with the defender having last played for the first team when he scored in a 6-1 FA Cup win at Tranmere in January 2020.

Jones needed knee surgery in June that year, and the 29-year-old didn't return to action until a behind-closed-doors friendly against Burnley at the start of the season.

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He has since resumed training with Solskjaer's first team, and like Henderson made two 90-minute appearances in the under-23s' games against their Arsenal and Brighton counterparts.

Jones joined United from Blackburn in 2011 and won the Premier League title, FA Cup and Europa League, making 224 appearances before suffering a string of injuries from 2014 onwards.

He won praise from legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson after helping United win back the league crown in the legendary gaffer's final season in charge.

“Jones, arguably the way he is looking, could be our best ever player," Ferguson said back in 2013.

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“I think Jones may be one of the best players we have ever had, no matter where we play him.

“At 21 years of age, he is going to be a phenomenal player. I think he can play anywhere on the pitch. He has such a massive influence, with his instinct and reading of the game.

"He has a drive about him."

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