Dean Henderson has sent something of a warning to Manchester United’s current no.1, David de Gea, ahead of the new campaign.
Henderson has, of course, finally returned to Old Trafford this summer after spending the last two seasons out on loan at Sheffield United.
The Englishman’s first season with the Blades was in the Championship, with Henderson playing a crucial role in Sheffield United securing promotion to the Premier League.
And after returning to Bramall Lane on a second season-long loan last time out, Henderson was once again a standout star for Chris Wilder’s side, despite the step up in level.
In fact, Henderson actually helped the newly-promoted outfit garner the best defensive record outside of the top-three clubs in 2019/20.
Henderson ready to claim no.1 spot
With such a stellar season under his belt, it was clear Henderson is ready to be a regular Premier League shot-stopper, with reports in June evening claiming he would only return to Old Trafford if he was promised the no.1 spot.
However, Henderson has since put pen to paper on a five-year deal at United and looks set to battle it out with de Gea for the no.1 position next term.
Now, with the 2020/21 campaign just around the corner, Henderson has fired something of a warning to the Spaniard.
Speaking whilst on international duty, Henderson stated he will be going back on the first day of pre-season and ‘working my bollocks off’ to get into United’s starting eleven.
“The aim is for me to play football next season and I don’t want to be not playing after last season. Coming off a good season with momentum, it wouldn’t be clever for me to sit around and not play football. I don’t think that would help any parties at all.
“David de Gea has been a great goalkeeper first and foremost for many years. He’s been phenomenal. That’s something I aspire to be, to have a career like him at the club, so I’ll be going back in first day of the pre-season working my bollocks off to get in that starting lineup because it’s something I’ve always wanted.”
Henderson also added he will be putting the pressure on de Gea and that he is ‘well up’ for the challenge:
“I’m so close now so I’m not going to give up – I’m going to put the pressure on. I respect David, he’s been a phenomenal servant for the football club and if not one of the best in recent years. It’s down to me. I know what challenges are ahead. I’m well up for it.”
Quotes via The Guardian.