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Solskjaer thanks Sheffield United for Henderson development as he prepares to face them

Sheffield United could come up against a familiar face in Dean Henderson this evening.

Henderson is in contention to play against the Blades for Manchester United in tonight’s Premier League fixture.

The goalkeeper spent two successful years on loan at Bramall Lane before returning to Man United this summer.

During that time, Henderson helped them to promotion from the Championship and their highest league finish since 1992.

The 23-year-old received his first senior England call-up last season as a result and has since been handed his first cap by Gareth Southgate.

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Henderson came back to Old Trafford ahead of this season to compete with David de Gea for the number one shirt.

The stopper has since made five appearances in all competitions. This included his first league start for the club earlier this month in a 3-1 win at West Ham United.

Yet De Gea returned for the following fixture against Manchester City at the weekend – a 0-0 draw.

Solskaer praises Sheffield United for Henderson rise

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Ahead of facing the Blades, Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has thanked them and Chris Wilder for developing Henderson.

“It just shows how beneficial some loan deals are,” Solskjaer told The Manchester Evening News in his pre-match press conference.

“Dean has worked his way up through the ranks, through the system. The two years at Sheffield United have made him come back as a mature, quality keeper. He had experiences with a great promotion and his year in the Premier League was valuable for us and him.

“He’s learning more and more the Manchester United style. Our play is a bit different and has a couple of different demands of him.

“But we’re very grateful to Sheffield United and Chris that they gave him a chance to develop as they did.”

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