Dean Henderson to leave Old Trafford

Harry Maguire
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The 2021/22 season has seen Dean Henderson make just three appearances, and the goalkeeper will not look back on the campaign with many fond memories. Hoping to become United’s first-choice goalkeeper before the season started.

As a result of Covid-19, the former Sheffield United loanee took several weeks to recover. So much so that he was not able to return to full training until late August. Henderson’s corona symptoms kept him out of most of United’s pre-season training sessions, their warm-up games against QPR and Brentford. And their first six Premier League games. 

Therefore, he faced a difficult task in dislodging David de Gea as United’s No.1 goalkeeper. However, Henderson may argue that any goalkeeper would have found it challenging to replace De Gea this season. It is hard to imagine Henderson could contain his joy at the limelight and being an ever-present figure at Old Trafford this season; however, he has become accustomed to watching United from the comfort of the dugout.

De Gea’s form and not Henderson’s individual mistakes have kept Dean Henderson in second place this season. Although he has appeared in only three games in all competitions. Continuing to be left out of the starting line-up has adversely affected Henderson’s career, not least his chances of making the England squad. Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster was called up to the squad in place of the ill Sam Johnstone. The situation highlights how far down the pecking order Henderson has fallen. 

Dean Henderson left out of England’s squad

For the upcoming friendlies against Switzerland and Ivory Coast, Gareth Southgate has picked five goalkeepers, none of them United shot-stopper. Given current form and performance, one cannot raise questions against Southgate’s selection.  

Old Trafford has effectively written off Dean Henderson, who has just one England cap under his name. Meanwhile, he needs to move on this summer in order to play regularly for a first-team club. Juventus have tried to sign Henderson who has just one England cap to his name. He has been on loan till the end of the January transfer window, but he hasn’t been offered regular first-team action so far. 

According to the reports, interim manager Ralf Rangnick had informed Henderson he would not be allowed to leave on loan. Rangnick’s point may have been valid. Henderson is necessary in case De Gea was injured, but United had other options.

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