Dean Henderson warned over future Manchester United role

Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has been told that he needs to leave Old Trafford to play regular football.

Henderson is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest for the season and he was brilliant on Saturday as he kept a clean sheet in a memorable 1-0 win over Liverpool at the City Ground.

Forest remain at the bottom of the Premier League table but at least Henderson is getting game time every week, which is some difference from a year ago, when he hardly played under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or Ralf Rangnick.

It has always been clear that Henderson has a lot of potential, but it looks like he’s unlikely to get a chance under Erik ten Hag at United. That’s according to BBC Sport columnist Garth Crooks, who included Henderson in his Premier League team of the week.

Crooks thinks Henderson must leave United permanently to have a good career at the highest level. He wrote: “He’s had good games before but nothing quite as important or as impressive as his performance against the former European champions. Liverpool should have won this fixture and would have done if it hadn’t been for Dean Henderson.

“While the Manchester United loanee has been at Nottingham Forest he’s saved a penalty, clawed balls off the line and against Liverpool saved Forest from certain defeat.

“The difficulty for Henderson is there is no way he is going to replace David de Gea at United but I can see him becoming an exceptional goalkeeper at Forest. After all it didn’t do Peter Shilton any harm.”

Henderson could still impress Ten Hag

Henderson left United on loan in the summer before chatting with new manager Erik ten Hag.

With David de Gea’s current deal expiring in the summer, I refuse to dismiss Henderson’s chances at United.

It will take something impressive for Henderson to stand out between now and the rest of the season because Forest are only heading one way and that’s back to the Championship.

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