Manchester United have been tipped to hand a new contract worth £100,000 per week to goalkeeper Dean Henderson, who is targeting the club’s number one jersey currently occupied by David de Gea. However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may not consider him ready to take over just yet.
Having been on loan at Sheffield United since 2018 and previously shining in the Championship, Henderson emerged as one of the stars of the 2019/20 season in the Premier League.
The young goalkeeper was a major reason why the Blades, who were heavy favourites for relegation before the campaign started, finished ninth in their first season back in the top flight. He also played his way into the England squad and would certainly have been in the final 23 for Euro 2020.
Henderson’s immediate future has already been the subject of much debate given De Gea’s worrying loss of form, which first set in just over two years ago.
United handed Henderson a new long-term contract at Old Trafford last summer before sending him on loan to Bramall Lane for the second time. Now, The Sun claims the 23-year-old is ‘on the verge’ of signing another improved deal with his parent club just a year later.
The tabloid report claims Henderson’s weekly wages could jump from £60,000 to £100,000, with talks said to have been taking place ‘over the last few weeks’.
The Sun makes the assumption it is a ‘clear sign’ that Solskjaer wants Henderson to compete with De Gea for a starting place. However, that version of events is contradicted by the Daily Mirror, which reports the United manager actually wants Henderson to go on another loan.
The Mirror notes that Henderson himself wants to challenge for a place in the United side. But the view from Solskjaer and his coaching staff is that it is too soon for that, which is why they prefer another loan to further aid the player’s ongoing development.
That could be Sheffield United again, even though the Blades have had an offer accepted for Bournemouth’s Aaron Ramsdale. The problem for his parent club, however, is that Henderson could reject a third loan because he is backing himself to succeed in Manchester.
Source : 90min