Bullish Dean Henderson has warned David de Gea he is gunning for his Manchester United spot. The 23-year-old goalkeeper, who is England’s squad to face Iceland in the Nations League this weekend, will return to Old Trafford after an outstanding loan period at Sheffield United, determined to take the jersey off the Spaniard.
Academy graduate Henderson signed a new six-year contract just last month amid links to Chelsea, making it clear he sees himself at Old Trafford for the long haul.
“I’ll be going back in first day of pre-season and working my b******s off to get in that starting line-up because it’s something I’ve always wanted and I’m so close now,” said Henderson.
“It’s down to me but I’m under no illusions that I’m going to improve just sat on the bench. I need that game-time.
“I know what challenges are ahead and I’m well up for it. I feel like a new signing at Manchester United.
“I want to play for England and I want to play for Manchester United and so I’m just going to keep working hard every single day, overcoming my little challenges, my little goals and I’m sure one day I’ll get to where I want to be.”
Henderson played 86 games in two seasons for the Blades as first choice and is not going back to United just to be a back-up act to De Gea, a four-time Player of the Year winner.
“I’m under no illusions that I’m going to improve just sat on the bench. I need that game-time,” he said.
Asked if he was unable to unseat De Gea, he would need to go back out on loan to remain in the England picture, Henderson replied: “Yes. But that won’t be the situation.”
Henderson has honed his craft under Chris Wilder at Sheffield United and hailed the 2018-19 LMA Manager of the Year’s impact on his development.
Source:Daily Express :: Sport Feed