Manchester United are set to make a decision on Dean Henderson’s future at the club by the end of this month, according to reports. The 24-year-old has made just one appearance this season and has also lost his place in the England squad.
His lack of minutes this campaign can’t be blamed on the shot-stopper, however, as his development was derailed by after-effects of contracting COVID-19, which sidelined him for the entirety of the club’s pre-season.
Henderson ended last season as Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper but after pulling out of England’s EURO 2020 squad due to injury, he now finds himself at a crossroads once again.
According to the Manchester Evening News, a decision on Henderson’s future is expected by the end of this month, with the club contemplating on whether they’ll allow him to leave in January. The former Sheffield United goalkeeper is believed to be open to a six-month or 18-month loan.
Furthermore, to compound Henderson’s miserable start to the 2021/22 season, he was reportedly told he was going to start the season as United’s first-choice goalkeeper.
SN’s verdict on Henderson potentially leaving the club…
Henderson’s possible departure would come as a big blow to Solskjaer, who put his faith in him when David de Gea was dropped towards the back-end of last season.
But through no fault of his own, Henderson has now fallen down the pecking order and may need to seek an exit to resurrect his career. In truth, his performances over the last two years overall are deserving of being the first choice at a Premier League club.
Manchester United are well-stocked in the goalkeeper department, despite letting Sergio Romero leave on a free transfer earlier this year. In addition to De Gea, Tom Heaton sealed a return to the club whilst promising goalkeeper Nathan Bishop is impressing on loan at Mansfield Town.
Another aspect worth taking into consideration is next year’s World Cup. It wasn’t long ago supporters were calling for Henderson to be penciled in as England’s number one but those suggestions have faltered.