Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Manchester United man begs club to keep him

Manchester United are a club going through transition and might expect a to see a lot of departures with one loanee pushing for his loan to be extended.

Manchester United loanee, Dean Henderson, is keen to extend his stay at Sheffield after their promotion to the Premier League. The youngster, who has been impressive for the Blades, looks to repay the faith by extending his loan deal.

“Don’t let me leave”

“Listen, I want to be here,” the 22-year-old told BBC Radio Sheffield. “I want to play Premier League football at Bramall Lane. Eventually, I want to be Man Utd’s number one and England’s number one. But, at the end of the day, the love this club has shown to me. You want to feel loved, you want to feel welcomed. And I’ve never felt so welcomed in my life. Everywhere I go in Sheffield, people give me hugs, take pictures, everything.”

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Dean Henderson has been one of the key performers as Sheffield United are promoted to the Premier League.
Photo: The Transfer Tavern

“I’ll be honest with you, it made me really emotional to get this club back where they belong. It’s a massive football club and driving forward. They deserve to be in the Premier League. I’ve told the gaffer, ‘don’t let me leave’. But obviously, it comes down to the two clubs, money and stuff. I’ll be itching at the bit to come back here next season.”

The Manchester United academy graduate has already managed to equal the club record for clean sheets this season. Another one against Stoke and he would be the outright holder, one which he is proud of. “Obviously it’s a massive achievement for myself. But I couldn’t have done it without my team-mates, as you know. Since I walked through the door here, I’ve only had one ambition. That was to get the club back to the Premier League.”

Blades boss on Dean Henderson

Chris Wilder had high praise for his goalkeeper earlier this season. “Dean has been first-class for us. Everyone looks at what happened at Villa [where Henderson was at fault as Sheffield United squandered a three-goal lead], not just at Dean but the team in general, how would he and we react?”

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Hender receives his manager’s vote of confidence.
Photo: Uncova

“The answer is what Dean has produced since and what the players have found since then too. I’m not surprised he’s been talked about [by Southgate], but there are some unbelievable goalkeepers in front of him that he’s got to get past.”

“Last season he was certainly the best in League One and I wouldn’t be surprised if he wasn’t in contention for accolades, come the end of the season. Dean wants to play football and I congratulate him for his attitude, it’s changed in recent years and he wants to get his hands dirty.”

Author’s Take

Manchester United have produced quality goalkeeping talent in recent years. Sam Johnstone, Joel Pereira and Dean Henderson have all been nurtured at Carrington. Both Periera and Henderson are out on loan while Johnstone has joined West Brom. With de Gea faltering and Solskjaer willing back youngsters, Dean Henderson might well get his chance to show his abilities to the Old Trafford faithful.


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