Dean Henderson is keen to become the number 1 goalkeeper at Manchester United and has revealed that he will push for another loan move if he doesn’t assume the role next season.
The shot-stopper who has returned from a loan spell at Sheffield United signed a new long term contract with the Red Devils with sources revealing that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans for the 23-year-old to fight it out with Da Gea for the number one spot.
The Red Devils will kick off their Premier League campaign against Crystal Palace on September 19 but with the transfer window set to close on October 5, Henderson can leave on loan if Da Gea is preferred ahead of him.
“Look, 100%, the aim is for me to play football next season,” Henderson said ahead of England’s Nations League game against Iceland.
“I don’t think I 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 it would help any parties at all.”
Henderson impressed at Sheffield United last season and this has earned him a call-up to the senior England squad for the Nations League. He’s also aiming to be England’s preferred choice between the sticks ahead of the European Championship next summer.
“You can get many things from training and obviously learn off someone like David and the other goalkeepers and coaches,”
Henderson added. “But I don’t think there’s any substitute for game-time.
“I’m not going to improve just sitting on the bench. I need that game time.
“David de Gea has obviously been a great goalkeeper for many years. He’s been phenomenal and that’s something I aspire to be, to have a career like his at the club, so I’ll be going back in on first day of the preseason working my socks off to get in that starting line-up because it’s something I’ve always wanted.
“I’m so close now so I’m not going to give up, I’m going to put the pressure on.”