Dean Henderson's return to Manchester United could give the club a "problem" given the goalkeeper's status, according to Danny Higginbotham.
The current Sheffield United shot stopper has spent the past two years at Bramall Lane and proved himself capable of playing in the Premier League.
His performances this term have put him in contention to wear the England No 1 shirt with Euro 2020 just months away.
And Higginbotham cannot see how Henderson will be prepared to play second fiddle to United's first choice David de Gea, who himself only signed a new deal in the summer, should he not be allowed to go back out on loan.
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“The problem that (Manchester) United will have now is that Dean Henderson isn’t going to come back and sit on the bench, I don’t think,” he told Sky Sports News.
“He’s past that stage now. He’s shown he is capable of doing it in the Premier League, he has his England aspirations so that’s a really tough one to call.
“There's no doubt in my mind that de Gea is still United’s number one. I think he’s got more than enough credit in the bank for what he’s done over recent years for United but it is the Henderson situation.
“There’s an argument to say that he could be challenging and should be challenging for the number one spot for England, so he’ll not want to go back and sit on the bench in the Premier League even if it is Manchester United because he has shown what he is capable of.”
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Henderson has kept nine clean sheets this season – two short of Three Lions rival Nick Pope but more than Everton's Jordan Pickford.
De Gea has seven clean sheets this term but United have conceded more than a goal a game while Henderson and the Blades have the league's second best defence.
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