Dean Henderson gets backing despite blunder

We had hoped Dean Henderson might lift United fans’ spirits on Saturday by ending Liverpool’s 100 per cent start to the season.

Instead the loanee gifted them the game. He made a terrible Massimo Taibi like error to allow a soft shot squirm through him and into the net. Liverpool won 1-0.

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It was a case of terrible timing, and as BBC Sport pointed out, it was the first time Henderson had made an error leading to a goal in his last 21 club games.

The United loanee received backing on social media from former England goalkeeper David Seaman.


Part of the process

Henderson will be hard on himself. His reaction afterwards showed he was devastated. But this is all part of the learning process.

He needs to remove these errors, lapses of concentration, from his game if he is to make it at United.

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That won’t be easy with David de Gea recently signing a new contract. But the Spaniard has shown, even this season, he is not past making errors too.

And a bit of perspective. World Cup winner Hugo Lloris made a worse mistake than Henderson did, hours later for Tottenham.

There will be plenty of opportunities in big games for Henderson to redeem himself this season. As Seaman points out, it is about how he bounces back from it now.

Sheffield United News told us earlier this month that the view from the Blades was they were very happy with Henderson. One mistake is unlikely to change that.

Henderson will get critics. He made an error for England’s under-21s in the summer, and dealing with pressure when he knows attention is on him is not easy. This is a great chance for him to learn and grow.

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