Dean Henderson has told his Sheffield United team-mates he wants to return to the club on loan next season if he’s not made Manchester United No 1 by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Henderson has impressed during a second campaign on loan at Bramall Lane and is now in the frame for England.
But the 22-year-old is keen to make sure he doesn’t spend a year on the bench and will force another move to United should he not be given assurances from Solskjaer.
Henderson is desperate to make a name for himself at Old Trafford but will seek out first team football should he not get it.
Henderson was linked with a move to Chelsea this weekend with Frank Lampard still unsure over record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Kepa returned to the Chelsea side in the Premier League yesterday after a spell out the team, but his long-term future remains uncertain after a mixture of poor performances this year.
But Henderson, according to Sheffield United team-mate Billy Sharp, is keen on returning to the Blades if he cannot get a spot in the United team.
“I’m certain he’ll be England’s number one soon,” said Sharp. “He has to be with his performances – and he wants to be as well.”
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And on Henderson’s future, Sharp said: “We’re not in his ear about it, we don’t need to be.
“He wants to come back. He wants to play for Man United, obviously – he’s not going to lie – but if he can’t do that he wants to play for Sheffield United.”
Henderson has helped the Blades win 11 times this term as they sit seventh after 28 games – ahead of Tottenham and Arsenal.
They have won three of their last five to sit just five points behind the Champions League places and have a real opportunity to qualify for Europe this year.
And Chris Wilder has also backed Henderson for a spot in the England ahead of the friendlies with Italy and Denmark on March 27 and March 31.
“He’s got enormous enthusiasm and ambition,” said Wilder.
“He wants to be England’s number one and, if he keeps playing the way he is, it gives him a great opportunity.
“I should imagine he’ll be in the next England squad. He made some really important saves for us and we’re delighted to have him.”
Sheffield United beat Norwich 1-0 thanks to a Sharp goal after 36 minutes.
“The wheels haven’t fallen off again today,” Wilder said.
“I don’t know if they are going to in the future but they’re showing no signs of it at the moment. It was a gritty performance, we just felt we were a bit better than them in both boxes.
“They played the second half with nothing to lose, a dangerous shape, and caused us a few problems. Thankfully my goalkeeper’s made a couple of saves.
“Billy Sharp didn’t play a lot of football before Christmas but understood there would be an opportunity for him and he kept training well. He looked after himself and he’s reaping the rewards.”
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