Dean Henderson on Manchester United return: ‘To waste 12 months is criminal. I was fuming’

Dean Henderson has criticised Manchester United for not following through on their promise to make him their “number one goalkeeper” for the 2021-22 season, adding: “To sit there and waste 12 months is criminal really, at my age. I was fuming .”

Henderson, 25, added that he did not want to play in front of Erik ten Hag following the Dutchman’s appointment, because “had the manager come in and been able to see me in training … I knew he’d probably want to keep me. “

Henderson began his career at Manchester United and impressed on loan at Sheffield United in the Premier League during the 2019-20 season.

But upon returning to Old Trafford ahead of the following campaign he found himself behind established number one David de Gea in the pecking order, under both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the Norwegian’s interim replacement Ralf Rangnick.

Henderson has however insisted in an interview with Talksport that he was given assurances he would replace De Gea in goal for the 2021-22 season.

He said: “The conversation I had, coming out of the Euro 2020 squad, was that you’re coming back (to Manchester United) to be the number one goalkeeper. I got COVID-19 – unfortunately no one followed through with anything they told me.

“I turned so many good loans down last summer for that reason, and they wouldn’t let me go. It was frustrating. To sit there and waste 12 months is criminal really, at my age. I was fuming.”

Henderson only made three appearances for United during the most recent campaign – with none of those coming in the Premier League.

United have since appointed Ten Hag as their new manager but Henderson added that he had no interest in speaking to the Dutchman, instead signing for Nottingham Forest on loan.

The deal does not include an option to buy. “I tried to (get a loan to Forest) all before (Ten Hag joined replaced Rangnick) – I told the hierarchy I need to play football. I don’t want to be here playing second fiddle. I was almost gone before the manager came in and I haven’t spoke to him since,”

Henderson said. “So, no [I didn’t speak to Erik ten Hag before going on loan]. I didn’t really want the manager to come in and be able to see me in training because I knew he’d probably want to keep me.”

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