Manchester United shouldn't allow talented Henderson to leave for pastures new

Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson is a transfer target for both Bayern Munich and Juventus, according to ESPN.
Henderson is currently on loan at Championship side Sheffield United and his form there has reportedly impressed the reigning champions of both Germany and Italy, as well as Arsenal and Tottenham.
The 21-year-old has around 18 months left on his current United deal – the club also have an option to extend that for another year – and he is apparently seen by some academy staff as a potential future number one.

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There has been a growing trend for young English talent to seek greater opportunities abroad – especially in Germany – in recent times and it may be tempting for Henderson to follow suit.
But as a goalkeeper, he is in a slightly different position to the likes of Jadon Sancho, and it is difficult to see how his opportunities would be any greater behind Manuel Neuer than they would be behind David de Gea.
Henderson is an extremely talented goalkeeper – seemingly ahead of fellow young stopper Joel Pereira in his development – and is capable of taking on the mantle of being second choice ahead of more experienced options Sergio Romero and Lee Grant.

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Getting to the same level as de Gea is another ask entirely – but he does have the quality and personality to go on and become England number one in the future.
Therefore, it would be an error for United to let one of their own go at this stage of his career, because there is every chance he could shine elsewhere – like Sancho.

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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.