Purely looking at the low numbers of goals conceded and Sheffield United’s place in the Premier League table, it’s pretty evident Dean Henderson is doing well at Bramall Lane.

Watch him in action and it’s even clearer. The young Manchester United loanee is confident, commands his box, and is an excellent shot stopper.

His teammate Sander Berge says the Henderson experience is even better in training sessions, where he has been left in awe of Manchester United’s future number one.

Berge, a £22 million club record signing for the Blades in January, says Henderson has left him amazed, and at times even deflated by the way he keeps stopping him from scoring.

The first hand account of Henderson’s quality shows what a talent we have on our hands and why we need to handle him carefully.


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Berge’s praise

The Norwegian midfielder told VG: Pople have to watch him in training. It is totally crazy, that is. He saves balls from one metre. Sometimes I become completely speechless by how good he is. It’s like having two keepers in goal with him.

“He’s so confident. He knows he is good and he exploits that too. He is exceptional.

“From what I’ve seen, I definitely think he’s England’s number one.

“To play against him in training, that’s … you are mentally put out, because he saves all the balls.

“It’s totally sick. I had a training where I was going to set three easy goals, but he just saved everything.”

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Wait and see

United have a big decision to make over Henderson’s future this summer, and the good news is, it does not need to be made now.

We can afford to wait and see where both sides finish in the Premier League, with Sheffield United in with a real shout of landing a European place. That could be valuable experience for Henderson to grow further, on loan for an extra year.

Both Henderson and David de Gea have to keep their form up, for club and country.

Like last summer, a decision may only be made in July, in this case when Euro 2020 is over.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might want to see Henderson first hand in training before he makes a decision. If what his countryman Berge says is true, it could have a real effect on the United boss’ choice.

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