Nottingham Forest boss makes Dean Henderson admission ahead of Carabao Cup semi-final

Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper has refused to rule out the possibility of seeking permission from Manchester United to permit Dean Henderson to play in their Carabao Cup semi-final.

The two clubs go head-to-head in the Carabao Cup later this month, with the first-leg taking place at Forest’s City Ground in the week commencing January 23.

Henderson is currently on loan at Forest from United and he isn’t allowed to play in the game unless United grant him special permission, despite playing a key role in their quarter-final win over Wolves.

Speaking after Forest’s win over Wolves last night, manager Steve Cooper said (via Nottingham Post):

“I’m unsure about that, but if there is (a chance), then obviously it’s something we will look into the possibility of pursing. But it’s all just talk about the minute, I guess. We haven’t really had a chance to breathe since the game. We’ll pick that up as and when.”

Stretty News verdict – Be ruthless and forget Deano

United shouldn’t give Henderson special permission to play in the semi-final.

Why should they after he spoke out against the club in an interview with talkSPORT earlier this season? He gave the impression that he was above the mess at Old Trafford and little did he know that things were going to get a lot better at Old Trafford.

I would focus on winning the cup rather than pleasing Henderson or Forest. It’s almost been six years since we last won a trophy and people are worrying about a keeper who is unlikely to have a future at United.

It’s mind-boggling if you ask me.

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