Henderson willing to bide time for United chance

Sheffield United

Sheffield United’s on-loan Manchester United keeper Dean Henderson says he has plenty of work to do to eventually earn a place in the Red Devils' first-team

The 22-year-old is currently in his second season-long loan deal at Bramall Lane and he has been impressive during his stint in South Yorkshire.

Last season, he was a key player in their promotion from the Championship as he won the Golden Glove for the most clean sheets in the division.

The Blades’ miserly record has continued this term and no other goalkeeper can match his total of five clean sheets in the 2019-20 Premier League campaign so far.

Henderson’s form led to a maiden England call up in October, following injuries to other goalkeepers in the squad.

He was on the bench for qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria and was also part of the squad which played against Montenegro and Kosovo, though he failed to get any minutes on the pitch.

Sheffield United take on Manchester United on Sunday afternoon in what is a very tough-looking fixture for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

However, Chris Wilder will have to cope with the absence of Henderson, as he is ineligible to play against his parent club due to the terms of his loan deal.

That means 29-year-old Simon Moore is set to make his first-ever Premier League appearance with Dutchman Michael Verrips in line to provide cover.

Henderson’s form has seen him linked with big moves, with Bayern Munich emerging as a surprise contender for his signature

The former England Under-21 man admits his ambition is still to break into the first team at Manchester United, but he knows he still has improvements to make to achieve that.

“Hopefully I can fulfil the ambition of playing for them one day and why not if I keep going the way I’m going?” he said.

“I still don’t believe I am a Man United player yet. I still feel I have a lot of work to do to get to that level.”