According to a report from ESPN, Manchester United have accepted that Dean Henderson will only benefit from playing regular football.

The 22-year-old has been in sensational form for Sheffield United this season. He kept his tenth clean sheet of the campaign at the weekend with a stunning late flurry of saves to deny Norwich City.

Dean Henderson

Dean Henderson has already stated he won’t be the second choice at Manchester United (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Henderson is currently enjoying his second spell with the Blades. After helping them to promotion last term, Henderson has adapted to life in the Premier League with ease.

Talk, then, is rife around Henderson rejoining the Blades once again next year. Numerous reports have already stated that the England man doesn’t want to go back to Old Trafford to sit on the bench.

And with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer not likely to be parting company with David De Gea any time soon, it’s left Henderson’s future up in the air.

Dean Henderson

Dean Henderson is still wanted by Manchester United but may well spend next season out on loan. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

But ESPN’s latest reports will give hope to Sheffield United and Chris Wilder. It is claimed that the Red Devils are willing to accept Henderson would be better spending another spell away from the club. The Manchester giants want to keep him long-term. However, they aren’t quite ready to put him in as their number one just yet.

Therefore, it looks increasingly likely that Henderson could spend another campaign away from Old Trafford. That, of course, is a boost for officials at Bramall Lane.

Continuing to gather momentum

Reports seem to change week on week when it comes to Henderson. But one thing has remained consistent and that is Henderson’s reluctance to play back-up and Man United’s reluctance to lose him full-time.

This plays into Sheffield United’s hands perfectly. Indeed, Billy Sharp admitted recently that Henderson loves it at Bramall Lane and would jump at the chance of a return.

Furthermore, there may be European football potentially on offer next season in Sheffield. Man United, then, may well see it as the logical next step in Henderson’s development.

 

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