Dean Henderson has hammered Man United for the way they have treated him.
Officials at Manchester United Football Club will be waking up with real concern this morning, after Dean Henderson has absolutely slated the Old Trafford club to the media.
The Englishman, who I thought was in line to take the starting job last summer, spent the 2021/22 season rotting away on the substitute’s bench.
After a pretty promising loan spell with Sheffield Wednesday, coupled with sharing the starting job with David de Gea the season prior, you always felt like Hendo was well-placed to make the number one jersey his own.
Sadly, a serious bout of Covid-19 struck Henderson, with De Gea using that as an opportunity to reinforce himself as the outright starter.
Hendo would barely play any football, wasting a year of his career. Sadly though, that sometimes happens and there are no guarantees at the highest level.
Well, while speaking to talkSPORT, Henderson has absolutely launched a scathing and pretty uncalled-for attack on United’s treatment of him. The United star admitted he was ‘fuming’ with the Reds after the incident, admitting that he refused to train with the club so the situation wouldn’t play out again.
‘The conversation I had, coming out of the Euros squad (with England), was that you’re coming back here (to United) to be the No 1 goalkeeper. I got Covid, then unfortunately no-one followed through with anything they told me.
‘It’s frustrating as well, because I turned so many good loans down last summer for that reason and they wouldn’t let me go. To sit there and waste 12 months is criminal, really, at my age. I was fuming.’
Henderson then admitted he refused to speak with Ten Hag or train with the Reds:
‘No. I didn’t want him to see me in training. Because I knew that he probably wanted to keep me. So I told the hierarchy that I need to play football, I don’t want to be here and play second fiddle.’
Obviously, it’s tough to judge this without knowing exactly what has been said behind the scenes. I do recall Sergio Romero also being left unhappy with his own treatment at United as the Argentine wanted to leave the club.
However, each situation is individual. I get where Henderson is coming from, I really do. However, airing your dirty laundry in the media never feels like a good idea.
Surely, it makes way more sense to have these conversations behind the scenes and work out those issues in a more professional manner. All Henderson has done here is turn the United fans completely against him, while the club aren’t going to be best pleased with what has been said in public.
Who knows, this could be Hendo’s way of forcing himself out of United for good. But I’ll remind him that he did sign a contract in the not-too-distant past. If you’re not prepared to honour that, then don’t put pen on paper…
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