This article is part of our ‘End of Season Report’ feature, where we at Sheffield United News will reflect and grade the performances of our squad from the recently concluded Premier League season.
Starting off this new daily feature is Dean Henderson. The Manchester United stopper arrived back in the summer of 2019 to start his second spell with the club.
And while expectations were high following his impressive season in the Championship, few would have predicted just how great he’d be in the top-flight.
Henderson recorded a superb 13 clean-sheets, bettered only by Ederson, Alisson, and Nick Pope. That stat alone is quite remarkable, given the Blades were expected to struggle following promotion.
Yes, ‘Hendo’ has been helped out by some brilliant performances in front of him. But there’s no denying that he’s won points and games for us alone with a number of brilliant displays, both on busy days and quieter ones.
Standout moments prove he will be number one at Old Trafford eventually
The only sad thing for us as Blades fans when it comes to Dean Henderson is the fact he is not our player. There is, of course, hope that he’ll return for a third season at The Lane but until then, he is Manchester United-owned.
And rightly so, too. While David De Gea has struggled, Henderson has thrived, coming to the fore when needed in big moments and keeping some of the best attacking line-ups in the country at bay in other games.
Case and point, at home against Liverpool, Henderson suffered the cruelest of blows when he allowed Gini Wijnaldum’s shot to sneak under him. It’s often forgotten how good he was in the rest of the 90 minutes. His stunning triple save just before that mistake was nothing short of breathtaking.
Other standout moments include the stunning save from Todd Cantwell at Norwich, a dramatic penalty save against City at home, and a flying top corner stop at Anfield to deny Mo Salah.
Yes, there’s been the odd questionable moment. However, for someone so young and in a newly-promoted team, we can’t really ask for much more.
Will Henderson demand more of himself? You bet. Do any of us Sheffield United fans think he could have done better? Probably only a select few.