ESPN journalist Mark Ogden thinks that team selection for Manchester United in the Europa League final could play a big part in Dean Henderson’s future.
Having spent two seasons out on loan with Sheffield United – performing so well at Bramall Lane that he earned an England call-up in the process – the 24-year-old has been back at Old Trafford this season, fighting it out with David de Gea to be the No 1 under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and making 26 appearances in all competitions.
United go into their biggest game of the season tonight as they face Villarreal in the Europa League final, a game where you would imagine they would want to pick their strongest team.
And speaking on ESPN FC, Ogden thinks that if Henderson is omitted from the starting eleven tonight, then it might be an indicator that his time at Old Trafford could be coming to an end:
“I think what happens on Wednesday night will define what happens. I think it does make a big difference. I think Dean Henderson won’t accept being dropped, or not picked for a Europa League final.
“I do think that if Henderson misses out, he’ll see that as the end of the road for him at United. He’s very confident, Dean Henderson, he wants to play, and I think he will push for a move if he doesn’t play on Wednesday.”
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TIF Thoughts on Mark Ogden’s comments about Dean Henderson’s future…
Henderson has reportedly stated that he expects to be the number-one goalkeeper at Old Trafford next season, and if he can’t get it there, then it isn’t impossible to believe that he might ask to seek it somewhere else
And with the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund apparently showing an interest in his services, you would imagine that if he wants to leave, that might put them on high alert.
So whilst Solskjaer faces a big decision of who goes in goal tonight, the implications of his decision could reach far beyond the final whistle in Gdansk, regardless of the result.