Dean Henderson decided to sport a new look as Manchester United took on Burnley.
It is not often that sunlight is a problem in English football. At Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, United’s goalkeeper decided that it was, and he wore a baseball cap to help him see better.
The baseball cap did not help Henderson to keep out James Tarkowski’s second half header, but that did not matter as United scored three goals themselves.
Mason Greenwood (2) and Edinson Cavani were on target to secure the three points.
Henderson was aiming for practicality over style with his baseball cap, and after sharing a picture on Instagram after the game, he ended up being compared to former Liverpool and Wigan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland, by England teammate Jack Grealish.
One of United’s most famous goalkeepers wore a hat
Dean Henderson’s baseball cap was a different style to the flat cap worn by Harry Gregg at the 1958 World Cup.
Gregg survived the Munich air disaster and played more than 200 league games for United, before passing away last year.
United’s goalkeepers’ use of caps has been more sporadic than regular through the years.
Henderson’s decision to wear one may be a one-off, or it could be something we see a few more times before the season ends as the weather warms up.
So long as United keep winning, it won’t matter too much. Henderson is United’s first choice, having overtaken David de Gea.
The game against Burnley was an uncomfortable afternoon as it often is for goalkeepers. Henderson was fortunate early on after being beaten to a header by Chris Wood, only to see the goal ruled out for offside.
Had the goal stood, he would rather have been wearing a balaclava to spare his blushes than a baseball cap.
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