Dean Henderson has revealed his desire to play take the number one spot from David De Gea at Manchester United, saying he would ‘give his right leg’ to play at Old Trafford next season.
Henderson, who helped Sheffield United clinch Premier League promotion last season, believes he’s ready for English football’s top-flight, whether that be with the newly-promoted club or under Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
In an interview with the Mail, Henderson said: “You always watch Premier League Years on the telly and to know that could be me next year, I can’t wait. Whether that is at Manchester United, Sheffield United or wherever, I’m good enough to be a Premier League goalkeeper. I deserve that chance.”
“It’s a tough one to say where. But do I think I should be playing at Manchester United now? Yes, I do. I think I am good enough and I would help the team a lot, in a positive way,” the 22-year-old added.
“If not there I’m sure I could go back to Sheffield United, play a season and then I’ll prove to Manchester United what they are missing.”
With De Gea yet to sign a contract extension at the club he, like Ander Herrera, could leave on a free transfer next summer and the search for a replacement could lie from within, with Henderson admitting playing in-between the sticks for United has always been his dream: “I would give my right leg to play for that football club. That has been my dream since I was a little boy, being a fan. I just know I’m working hard in the background and waiting for any little opportunity that comes up. If it does, I will take it for the next 10 to 15 years.”
The shot-stoppers comments are a breath of fresh air amidst speculation and comments from some of United’s star men about their futures, and it will be interesting to see if Henderson’s emergence could lessen the blow of a De Gea departure that fans have feared for so many years.
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