Dortmund reportedly tried to loan Henderson this summer

Dean Henderson was in real contention for the Manchester United number one slot last season.

But he missed the bulk of pre-season because he had Covid and that allowed David de Gea to re-establish himself firmly as the club’s number one.

De Gea has returned to his very best and has attracted deserved praise from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Times report that Henderson could leave on loan in January if it becomes clear he will not get enough games at Old Trafford this term.

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In fairness, we have been here before with Henderson. As soon as he is out of the side for any length of time, stories emerge linking him with a loan move.

Henderson is an ambitious goalkeeper and he is clearly keen to make it known he is not content to sit on the bench.

That is what he is likely to have to do until the FA Cup kicks into gear in the new year.

The report says that Borussia Dortmund were keen to sign the England stopper on loan in the summer, among other clubs.

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He has dropped out of the England squad and will likely not get back in unless he is playing more often for United.

Henderson has a real decision to make now de Gea has reclaimed the number one shirt.

The situation has changed rapidly between the sticks, and Henderson may opt to wait it out and hope it swings back his way before long.

It may be hard to move mid-season, when most top clubs already have their number one sorted out.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.