Manchester United are reportedly willing to give Dean Henderson another chance in the first-team next season.
It was confirmed today that David de Gea had finally agreed terms for a new contract after months of talks between the player and club hierarchy, however, his future as No.1 isn’t guaranteed.
In the past few seasons, but predominantly this one, the Spaniard’s form has been mostly poor. Aside from the odd high-quality save, De Gea has been at fault for several goals or big chances for the opposition, whether it’s down to his distribution, failing to claim crosses, not dominating his goalline/penalty box or just general lacklustre goalkeeping. Fans no longer feel confident with the 32-year-old between the sticks.
His most recent howler came last Sunday; a woeful error gifted West Ham United the first and only goal of the game, making the Red Devils’ quest for a top-four finish significantly harder in these final fixtures.
Still, he continues to have Erik ten Hag’s backing, at least to the media, anyway.
Henderson could stay at United next season
According to Times Sport, United have not ruled out signing a new ‘keeper and may also consider giving academy graduate Henderson another shot in the squad.
Henderson, 26, has spent the season on loan with Nottingham Forest but unfortunately saw his campaign end prematurely when he sustained a thigh injury at the beginning of the year. His last match in action came on January 14.
The Englishman has since had surgery and is on the road to recovery. He’ll return to Old Trafford at the end of the season and may decide to push for a move again, which he did last summer in order to secure regular game time, but it’s ultimately up to Ten Hag, as Henderson’s contract runs until 2025.
Henderson fell out of favour with some of the United faithful due to a notorious interview he did upon signing with Forest, so whether or not he’ll be able to rebuild those bridges if he stays remains to be seen.