Manchester United goalkeeper, Dean Henderson, is enjoying a brilliant second loan spell with Sheffield United this term.
He’s already kept five clean-sheets, building on the impressive 21 he got last season. Those 21 shut-outs saw him pick up the Championship’s golden glove award.
Despite making a mistake against Liverpool, his form this season has been near faultless. He’s helped Sheffield United to having the second best defence in the Premier League and fifth in the table.
This weekend sees his parent club, Manchester United, visit Bramall Lane. Henderson will have to sit the game out thanks to Premier League rules on loan players.
However, despite Manchester United coming to town, Henderson has admitted he still doesn’t feel like a Red Devil.
“I still don’t believe I am a Man United player yet. I still feel I have a lot of work to do to get to that level,” Henderson said (Daily Mirror).
“Hopefully I can fulfil the ambition of playing for them one day and why not if I keep going the way I’m going?”
Henderson signed a new deal at Old Trafford in the summer. Following on from that deal, he signed a second loan spell with Chris Wilder’s Blades as they returned to the top flight.
Why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be pleased to hear this
Solskjaer is pretty set on picking David De Gea as his number one. This means Henderson has a long way to go in terms of usurping the Spaniard.
However, Solskjaer will be delighted to see Henderson feeling so determined. The fact he has said he feels he has a long way to go suggests he is not getting ahead of himself. He seems to have the right attitude towards the game too. Henderson called on more goalkeepers to take chances lower down the footballing pyramid.
“I always wanted to get out there and prove myself, rather than sit in my comfort zone. I would like to see more goalkeepers go out into the lower leagues because it would be a big test for them. I’ve proven I can play in every division,” Henderson added.
“There are many players who are just happy to sit there and say they are Manchester United players, but realistically you aren’t for me until you are in the first team.”
With Dean Henderson seemingly so determined, Manchester United might well just have their next number one under their noses.