Former Manchester United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele believes Sheffield United shot-stopper Dean Henderson has his eye on challenging David De Gea for the number one spot at Old Trafford.
The 22-year-old is currently on his second loan spell with the Blades but Steele says the England star’s ambition is to become first choice at his parent club:
“Knowing Dean as I do, what he will be thinking is, ‘Richard Hartis (Manchester United’s senior goalkeeping coach) and Ole Gunnar (Solskjaer), please keep sending your scouts to Sheffield United.'”
“He knows he is being watched. He knows what is required. David de Gea has signed his new deal. There are some good goalkeepers at the club. Sergio Romero is talented, while Lee Grant is a very good senior goalkeeper.”
“But Richard Hartis will be asking, ‘Who is going to challenge De Gea?’ I am sure Dean will be thinking he can be the number one at Manchester United.”
Henderson has had an up and down start to his second stint at Bramall Lane. The goalkeeper has made a number of important saves for Chris Wilder’s side but he also made an uncharacteristic error to allow Liverpool to grab a 1-0 win last month.
His performances have, though, grabbed the attention of England manager Gareth Southgate, and he was called into the senior squad for the first time last week after an injury to Aston Villa’s Tom Heaton.
Henderson has a way to go to match what De Gea has achieved at Manchester United, but it seems the keeper has the confidence that he’ll reach the highest level.