Few will deny that Dean Henderson is the man of the moment and both Simon Moore and Michael Verrips can do little to usurp him.

The Manchester United loanee has been nothing short of superb once again this term. After capturing the Golden Glove in the Championship last year, Henderson has already kept an impressive nine clean-sheets this season.

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Dean Henderson has kept Simon Moore out ever since arriving at Bramall Lane. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

However, while Verrips becomes accustomed to life at Bramall Lane and looks to have cemented the number two spot, for now, we shouldn’t dismiss the impact Simon Moore has had at the club.

Moore was integral for Wilder’s men as they romped clear of League One. He played an important role, too, in their return to the Championship, playing 18 games as the Blades cemented themselves in the second tier. 

Even now, Moore continues to be the consummate professional. Wilder has always preached about the ‘journey’ being about the group. Along with a small group of others such as Leon Clarke and previously, Jake Wright, Moore falls right into that key group.

Helping hands

It can’t have been easy for Moore to sit back and watch Henderson take his number one jersey. It never is when you’re a goalkeeper, especially when the replacement is a young stopper like Henderson.

However, as Henderson has improved further and become increasingly popular, Moore’s role behind the scenes cannot be underestimated.

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Simon Moore deserves huge credit for his role with Sheffield United. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Moore is there, day in, day out, working with the young stopper to push him. 

Furthermore, we all saw just how close the pair were last season when the Blades won promotion. Following the game against Ipswich, there was a brilliant shot of Moore and Henderson in a long embrace.

That in itself showed the bond the ‘keepers have and the mutual respect they have for each other in the so-called ‘goalkeepers union’. 

There’s every chance Simon Moore will leave Bramall Lane in the summer. 

And if he does, just like past players like Daniel Lafferty, Mark Duffy, and Paul Coutts, Blades fans should look back at Moore’s time with the club with fondness.

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