Dean Henderson made his Manchester United debut on Tuesday night in our 3-0 win over Luton in the League Cup. Having had nothing to do all game, he pulled off a great stop towards the end. Having spent the last two seasons successfully on loan at Sheffield United, and before that, Shrewsbury Town, there had been suggestions that Henderson may struggle in games where he was rarely called upon at United, but still had the stay focussed for the big moment or two that could change the game. One game in, he has started to answer those questions.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 23, 2020
Henderson moved to United from Carlisle in the summer of 2011 when he was just 14-years-old. Two years later, he was one of 10 first-year scholars to join the Academy squad for the 2013-14 season, alongside players like Demetri Mitchell, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Devonte Redmond.
In the summer of 2015, aged 18, he signed his first professional contract with the club and was then loaned to Stockport County.
As the years past, and more loan deals were agreed, Henderson always had his eye on being the first choice at United and moneyline betting would give you great odds on him doing exactly that at some point, whether it’s this season or in seasons to come.
“Plenty of people walk around and say ‘I play for Man United’ and have never kicked a ball in the first team before. I am not one of those people,” he said back in February. “I always feel like I’ve got a point to prove and one day that is my aim, to play for Man United. Until that happens I have got to earn the right, I have got to keep working hard day in and day out. When the day comes it will be even sweeter because it has been such a tough journey for myself. Only people around me know it has been hard at times. Hopefully, fingers crossed, in the near future it will happen.”
A couple of months ago, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer offered praise to the goalkeeper, supporting the claim that he’ll be no.1 at United and England at some point in his career.
“Dean has made some great choices over the years and has developed fantastically,” he said. “We’re looking at that in terms of where he’s going to be next season, but as yet that has not been decided. This season has proved a great experience for him, he’s done himself some favours with his performances, and proved he will be England’s No 1 and Man United’s No 1 at some point.”
Henderson got his first taste of it last night and put in a good shift, albeit against a Championship team, but will have to continue to impress in the cup competitions if he’s going to usurp David de Gea. Still, he took to social media to share his happiness after the final whistle on Tuesday.
I dreamt about this my whole life!! Unbelievable feeling to make my debut for the club I love!! Clean sheet and a win to top it off!!! 🔜🔛🔝 pic.twitter.com/BzfrZEAEHt
— Dean Henderson (@deanhenderson) September 22, 2020
Well done, Deano. Keep going!