Dean Henderson took a gamble when he decided to stay at Manchester United this summer instead of seeking another loan exit.
As confident as he is in his own ability, there was a risk he could be stuck warming the bench if David de Gea raised his own game.
So it has proven, with Henderson’s only starts coming in Carabao Cup games back in September.
Henderson is having to be very patient. Thanks to his teammates, there could be a very exciting opportunity coming up.
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United’s strong start in the Champions League could give the goalkeeper an opportunity.
With two wins from two against PSG and RB Leipzig, United simply need to beat Istanbul Basaksehir home and away to qualify for the knockout round.
Early qualification will provide United with a chance to rotate the team.
One of the first changes to be made will be to get Dean Henderson into the side and rest David de Gea.
The two remaining matches will be a home match with PSG and an away tie at RB Leipzig.
Both opponents will have something to play for and United also will be aiming to secure first place in the group.
Henderson is relying on his United teammates to get the job done against Istanbul Basaksehir, which may not be simple.
United have performed well so far just to be in this position, with six points, while the Turkish side have lost both of their games.
Anything less than two wins will seem like a disappointment for United, and Henderson will feel more luckless than most if the team can’t wrap up qualification early.
Henderson has done well in his short career to date, excelling on loan in both the Championship and Premier League, while his United debut went pretty well too at the start of this season.
Getting to play in his first Champions League game against top level opponents will make his decision to stay put seem worth it.
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