Manchester United fans must be getting sick of rumours linking Dean Henderson with a permanent exit. But journalists need something to write about, and the future of one of England’s finest young stoppers is a hot topic yet again.
A recent report from the Manchester Evening News claimed Henderson does not want to play second fiddle to David de Gea next season. That prompted a slew of reports from other outlets regurgitating old interest, suggesting a permanent move was possible.
Yet the truth is any exit next season will be temporary. Henderson is too good, and too smart, to leave United for good. Even if he heads back out on loan in September, he will have nearly four years remaining on his current.
Of course he wants to play regularly and deservedly so. Yet he is still only 23 and has years before he reaches his peak.
In contrast, De Gea is approaching his 31st birthday and his own contract runs out two years before Henderson’s.
What the latter needs here is (more) patience. Playing elsewhere in 2021/22 would give him the game time he craves, with De Gea another year closer to an exit.
Then again, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could bite the bullet and replace the Spaniard with Henderson sooner.
On form alone, the England man deserves regular starts. He has done little wrong this season while De Gea has wobbled on more than one occasion.
Solskjaer has a decision to make but selling one of United’s best young players is not among them.
The future is bright
The new deal Henderson signed last summer is all the security both he and his manager need.
This season was always about bedding Henderson in slowly. While he excelled during two years at Sheffield United, playing for the Red Devils is a different proposition.
Henderson is learning with every appearance and 13 outings is no bad return. More will come and, in time, he will be United’s undisputed number one.
There is no reason to sell Henderson so, no matter how many reports spring up in the months ahead, United fans can rest easy.
It is everyone’s intention that Henderson becomes a United superstar; especially the man himself