Manchester United could veto Dean Henderson playing the remaining 2019/20 fixtures on loan at Sheffield United.
That is according to The Sun, who claim that Henderson could leave Bramall Lane when his initial loan deal expires on June 30.
Loans are expected to be among the issues discussed at a Premier League meeting on Friday. The competition still plans to complete its outstanding games before August 2.
However, it means that extensions would need to be agreed and approved by parent clubs for loan deals. Yet there is a belief Man United would not want Henderson to remain with the Blades.
That is because the two teams are in a battle for Champions League qualification. Two points currently separate the fifth-placed Red Devils from the Blades – who also have a game in hand over their rivals.
Henderson has been instrumental in this season’s success under manager Chris Wilder. The newly promoted side have the second best defensive record in the division, with the goalkeeper having kept 10 clean sheets.
It is therefore believed that Man United might refuse to extend Henderson’s loan. Even though league rules would not allow the 23-year-old to play for them in the remaining fixtures either.
Manchester United vetoing Henderson loan would be a compliment
It is testament to what Wilder and the Blades have achieved this campaign that this is even a discussion. Having not played in the top flight in 12 years prior to this season, their return has been outstanding.
While fellow newly promoted teams Aston Villa and Norwich City battle against relegation back to the Championship, Wilder’s men have consistently been a top 10 outfit.
If the Red Devils were to veto extending Henderson’s loan it would show they fear the Blades. It would prove they fear a club who were bottom of League One a little over three years ago. Who have far inferior resources in comparison to them.
For Henderson’s part, he unsurprisingly favours staying at Bramall Lane until 2019/20 is concluded. There is also a strong belief that the stopper will return for a third successive year in 2020/21.
By then Henderson could have helped the Blades qualify for Europe – perhaps even ahead of his parent club.