Fair play to Sheffield United. Chris Wilder’s side have held their own in the Premier League and with nine games remaining, they have a legitimate shot of securing a Champions League place.
Part of their success is owed to our own Dean Henderson, who has had a fantastic season on loan for the club.
The delayed season has given Manchester United a decision to make, with his loan expiring on June 30.
With Premier League fixtures scheduled to run into July, Manchester United can choose not to renew Henderson’s loan, and damage the Blades in the process.
From a short-term, ruthless perspective, this would give us an advantage over Sheffield United, who could actually leapfrog us into fifth if they win their game in hand.
With qualification for the Champions League essential, there is a case that United should leave no stone unturned in order to secure a major financial and sporting boost.
This would 100 per cent be the wrong move for Manchester United to take. 4
It is only due to our own inconsistency that Sheffield United are presently seen as a competitor to us. With all due respect, they should not be.
Restricting Henderson from continuing his loan would send a message out to the world that Manchester United are fearful of Sheffield United.
It would bring adverse publicity to United, at a time when recently, we have done a lot right amid the ongoing crisis. A move like this could even backfire and galvanise Sheffield United.
The right move to make is to allow Henderson to continue his loan and let the season play out. United should back themselves.
If we lose out on Champions League football to Sheffield United, then really we have to look in the mirror.
A move like this will only serve to annoy Dean Henderson too, effectively curtailing his season.
The young goalkeeper has made terrific strides this over the past year, cementing himself as a top Premier League level player, and he is arguably England’s best player in his position.
He is United’s future in goal, and a delicate balancing act needs to take place with his own future and David de Gea’s.
A recent report from The Sun claimed Chelsea were willing to pay £50 million for Henderson, demonstrating the high regard he is held in.
Henderson has been a model professional so far, but if United made a decision like this, it could make him consider his future, and become difficult.
Keeping him on the bench would be a decision in United’s interests, and not Henderson’s.
He has made clear he does not want to sit on the sidelines. This will especially be the case after the last couple of months, and United need to continue to plan carefully.
This should not mean recalling him in our own self interest for nine games.
United have to allow the situation to continue, and let Henderson continue to develop as a top star.
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