Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson ‘stormed out’ of training ground after knowing he wouldn’t get a chance
According to the Webby and O’Neill Man United fan channel (h/t Sportbible), Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick’s decision to start David De Gea ahead of Dean Henderson in the FA Cup third-round game vs Aston Villa wasn’t welcomed by the second-choice keeper as he stormed out of the training ground after hearing the news.
After an emphatic display for Sheffield United in the 2019/20 campaign, Manchester United recalled Dean Henderson and gave the Englishmen a new five-year contract, suggesting that the Red Devils have big plans for the 24-year-old.
Even though Hendo got some chances to play in the previous season, the incredibly consistent performances of David De Gea have prevented him from picking up any significant playing time this campaign. With only four appearances, out of which two came in the Premier League 2, it’s increasingly clear that he wouldn’t be getting the 1st-choice role anytime soon.
However, it is believed that interim manager Ralf Rangnick promised Dean that he would get the chance to start against Aston Villa in the FA Cup third-round clash on Monday.
However, the German manager changed his decision ahead of the match and communicated that he wouldn’t be able to keep that promise. The decision wasn’t taken lightly by the English shot-stopper as he ‘stormed off’ the training ground.
The second choice keeper wasn’t even on the bench for the Aston Villa clash. Rangnick later revealed to the media that it was a fitness concern that prevented him from picking the English keeper.
Soon to depart?
The Interim manager also suggested that Henderson has made a transfer request, but the manager communicated that he would want to have him at the club until the end of the season considering he wants a strong backup goalkeeper.
In his Sheffield United stint, Dean Henderson showed that he has the ability to give game-winning knocks, and It was clear that he’d shine in any other Premier League team. However, De Gea has been too good lately and even has a chance to win the player of the season award for us. Therefore, no manager would intend to drop the Spaniard from the team.
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However, domestic tournaments like the FA Cup and Carabao Cup provide the opportunity for the second and third choice goalkeepers- especially in the starting rounds. But with us out of the EFL Cup this season, Henderson doesn’t have a lot of avenues for getting playing time this season.
His frustration is completely understandable, given that the FIFA World Cup is just around the corner and Gareth Southgate would look for goalkeepers to challenge Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale between the sticks. But if Henderson isn’t even given a chance to play in cup games, then it becomes a really unfair situation for him at Old Trafford.