Bayern Munich have today been linked (Daily Mail) with a move for United stopper, Dean Henderson.
The 22-year-old has once again been in fine form for the Blades this term. He’s already kept five clean-sheets after keeping a hugely impressive 21 in the Championship last term.
Henderson has flourished under the management of Chris Wilder. He clearly loves the club and has an affinity with the fans that endears him to most Blades supporters.
Despite the mistake against Liverpool this year, he’s bounced back with aplomb. Shut-outs at home to Arsenal and Burnley as well as away at Watford proved what a good stopper he is. In fact, he was only beaten at Spurs last weekend thanks to a deflection.
Henderson isn’t available this weekend as the Blades entertain Manchester United. However, the fact that Bayern are interested in signing the England man is further proof of just how far Sheffield United have come.
Henderson stakes his claim
Manchester United clearly rate Henderson highly. He was given a new contract in the summer before sealing a second spell at Bramall Lane for the Blades’ return to the Premier League.
He’s already kept give clean-sheets this term, putting him alongside the likes of Ederson and Kasper Schmeichel. It’s a record he can be proud of and something that is clearly helping United have the success they are at the moment.
Last season was a similar story for Henderson. He made save after save throughout the campaign and while he made mistakes against both Aston Villa and Leeds United, he bounced back just as he has this time around.
He clearly sees his long-term future with Manchester United. Rightly so, too. There is no reason why Henderson can’t push David De Gea in the coming seasons. However, there is the small step of ousting the Spaniard in the first place.
A nod to the Blades’ success
Of course, Henderson will have been on Bayern’s radar some time. He is a Manchester United player, so they will be well aware of most of their best young players.
However, it is at Bramall Lane where he has been given the platform to showcase his talents. Subsequently, he’s now getting more attention than ever.
International calls have come his way and although Gareth Southgate has yet to play Henderson, he clearly recognises his talents.
It is, then, a nod in the direction of the success Sheffield United have enjoyed. Under Chris Wilder, the Blades have completeted a meteoric rise from League One to fifth in the Premier League. It’s quite remarkable and Henderson’s form has been a key element of that rise.
When teams like Bayern come looking at your players, then, put simply, you know you are doing something right.