Dean Henderson has agreed an extension on his loan deal from Manchester United to stay at Sheffield United until the end of the season.
The 23-year-old has been in superb form for the Blades during the current campaign, keeping 10 clean sheets in the Premier League and helping his side to a surprise eighth position in the table.
He was due to return to Old Trafford on June 30, but given the nature of the elongated season he has been allowed to remain at Bramall Lane for their final seven league games.
A statement released by Sheffield United read: “Goalkeeper Dean Henderson will remain at Bramall Lane until the end of the season, after a deal was struck with Manchester United following prolonged discussions between the respective parties in recent weeks.”
Given his fine form, many are tipping Henderson to become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s No.1 goalkeeper next season, especially given the poor recent form of David de Gea.
Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness recently threw his support behind Henderson, and believes he is now a better option as the first-choice at Old Trafford than De Gea.
“De Gea was a top goalkeeper for four years,” Souness said. “He’s won the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award, that’s a big deal at Man United because there are some super players there, but how long do you wait if you’re a manager?
“Big clubs cannot wait forever and this is the second season he has been dodgy. We’ve had one game back and we’re talking about him again because of a dodgy goal against Spurs.
“What I would do is get Henderson back, I think the boy has personality. Why put an age on it? If he is good enough he’s ready.
“And I would get him back – it’s not a case of being black and white, hes coming back and going to be the number one forever. He comes back and puts De Gea under pressure and if they fight it out between them.