Manchester United ace Dean Henderson has told Sheffield United players he wants to be No 1 for both the Red Devils and England, it has been claimed. The shot-stopper has been in sensational form over at Bramall Lane this season. And he seems set on rivalling David De Gea for a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side next term.
Manchester United decided to loan Henderson out to Sheffield United again last summer having seen him thrive at Bramall Lane the previous year.
And the 23-year-old has been in sensational form for Chris Wilder’s side, helping to boost their chances of playing European football next season.
Henderson has kept 10 clean sheets in the top flight this season, the same amount as Liverpool’s Alisson Becker and Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel.
Only Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope has managed more with 11 to his name.
With Henderson thriving and De Gea enduring an inconsistent season by his high standards, talk of him rivalling the Spaniard for the No 1 shirt next season has been rife.
And Blades star John Fleck has revealed Henderson has been extremely open about being top dog for both club and country.
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“He’s been amazing and he’s still a young boy,” Fleck told Sky Sports.
“He’s kept clean sheets, made some massive saves for us, kept us in games at times. I’m sure he’s going to have a massive career ahead of him.
“He’ll quite openly tell you he wants to be Manchester United’s No. 1 and England’s No. 1 as quick as possible. I don’t think, personally, he’s too far away from that now.
“Goalkeepers are a bit crazy – he’s a bit mad at times! But he’s got that big personality.
“When he’s maybe made a mistake and the manager has criticised him, he’s bounced back straight away. That’s just the personality he’s got and I’m sure that’s what will get him to the top.”
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United star Axel Tuanzebe recently labelled Henderson a ‘big character’.
“I think that’s down to the culture of the club,” he told the Manchester Evening News when asked if Henderson would be considered.
“At other teams there are a lot of talented players that don’t quite make it and that’s not the culture of their club.
“We’re fortunate to have such a club that promotes youth and wants their youth to be big players and big stars in the first-team.
“Obviously we have players with the talent to do so, which we’ve witnessed many times this season. It’s a combination of the two which breed a career.
“Dean’s a big character and I’m sure when he comes back he’ll just slot right back in and continue from where he left off.
“He’s doing very well at Sheffield United and it just shows, coming from the academy, he’s demonstrating what he’s learnt and practising it week in, week out.”
It’s a good time for the United goalkeeping department these days.
As well as Henderson and De Gea, the club also have Sergio Romero on their books.
And big things are expected of teenager Matej Kovar, who one academy coach believes is already ready to play at the highest level.
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