Manchester United should ditch Dean Henderson as backup and invest in youth – with Charlie Setford of Ajax a really great candidate.

Dubbed by the Daily Star as ‘England’s future No1’, Setford has been thoroughly impressive for Ajax’s academy sides and has even been called up to the first-team squad on multiple occasions.

He’s already regarded as one of the highest-rated prospects in the Dutch academy. In 2022, he received the Abdelhak Nouri Trophy for the biggest talent of the youth academy.

In a youth setup filled renowned for its development of top-tier talent – this is a remarkable feat to accomplish – which is why we believe United should move fast.

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Manchester United should cash in for Dean Henderson

We think Dean Henderson needs to be cashed in on immediately and make way for, maybe not just Sefton, but a youth prospect.

Henderson is at that point now which could go one of two ways. He either remains at United as a backup and we watch his value slowly depreciate, or we cash in whilst he’s still a valuable asset.

Any sane United fan would take the latter.

Henderson is a good keeper, don’t get us wrong, but he’s never going to be number one at United.

This is why the ideal scenario would be to invest in one of the world’s best young goalkeeping talents, have Tom Heaton as an experienced backup and cash in on Henderson.

The MEN reported not too long ago that Forest were willing to pay £30m for his services. That would be more than ideal.

Why Charlie Setford seems ideal

Charlie Setford seems like an ideal choice of youth to invest in for us for multiple reasons.

Firstly, he clearly has an affiliation with Manchester United, with the youngster suggesting Paul Scholes was his ‘most underrated player of all time’.

He is also no stranger to the Manchester United boss. Erik Ten Hag‘s brought Setford into the first-team squad in 2021 and was potentially set to give him his debut before the youngster suffered a fractured hand.

It also appears that no other clubs have been monitoring him, which would be a great time to strike and get him on the cheap.

All will be revealed in a few years’ time as to whether Setford lives up to his big name.