Dean Henderson could be allowed to leave Manchester United on loan this January.
Over the summer, Manchester United had a key decision to make in regards to their goalkeepers. David de Gea was coming off the back of a pretty poor season by his standards, while Dean Henderson continued to look impressive for Sheffield United.
In the end, it’d be Sergio Romero who’d be left out in the cold, with Henderson returning to Old Trafford to compete for the starting job. Since then, De Gea has been in inspired form, having that number one jersey locked down.
With De Gea not letting go that easily, there’s now talk that Henderson could be set for another short-term move away. The story comes from ESPN, who state that the three-appearance United star ‘could be allowed’ to leave on loan this January.
ESPN do state that Henderson is ‘content’ with his bit-part role for now, though he has been told by Gareth Southgate that he’ll need to play more regularly if he wants to feature for England ahead of the European Championships next summer.
That opens up the possibility that Henderson can leave on another short-term deal, in order to challenge Jordan Pickford for that England starting job.
Henderson’s future being up in the air is having a knock-on effect, too. It means United are delaying making a decision on Romero, who is being treated pretty shoddily by the Red Devils at this point in time.
So does Dean Henderson leave on loan?
I would imagine probably not. United need a back-up should De Gea pick up an injury. Is Romero’s mind in the right place to do that job? Would he even want to play for United at this point? Probably no to both.
That leaves United having to upset two goalkeepers. Henderson is alright for the time being, but how long is he going to be happy playing second-fiddle? I genuinely think he believes he’s better than De Gea, while I’d be firmly in the Henderson camp.
Right now, though, the Spaniard doesn’t deserve to be dropped. It’s a tricky situation, that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to be very careful with. Hopefully, he makes the best decision for our long-term future.