Comments from Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer potentially casts the expected Dean Henderson to Sheffield United loan into doubt.
Solskjaer has promised that young players will be given in an opportunity in the Europa League next season.
United can no longer qualify for the Champions League. It means they will definitely be playing in UEFA’s second competition in 2019/20.
“Sometimes you can use Europa League as something positive,” Solskjaer was quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
“As Chelsea and Arsenal have done this year and as we did a couple of years ago when we won the Europa League.
“I’m an optimist by nature, so you will make the most of it. Is it giving players like Chongy (Tahith Chong), Mason Greenwood, James Garner game time? We have to make something positive out of it, no matter what.”
What about Henderson?
While the goalkeeper is not mentioned by name, the 22-year-old is a promising youngster at Old Trafford.
Henderson has been hugely influential on loan at the Blades this season. No Championship ‘keeper kept more clean sheets than the England Under-21 international. Chris Wilder’s side also had the joint best defensive record in the division.
Henderson played every minute of every league match to help the Blades to promotion to the Premier League. The stopper has already revealed he would like to return to Bramall Lane next term.
However, Henderson is also a Red Devils academy product and says it is his dream to play for his boyhood club. To date he is yet to make a senior appearance for them.
The good news is that Wilder has already begun talks with the Manchester giants about a potential deal. The 51-year-old admits it is likely to be another loan if it does happen.