Man Utd devise solution to Dean Henderson problem as Newcastle consider January transfer

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Manchester United could finally be about to make a decision on Dean Henderson’s future after the England international lost out to David de Gea for the number one spot. Henderson has reached a crossroads in his career after failing to usurp the Spaniard as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice between the sticks at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer had been juggling game time between two quality shot-stoppers last season and Henderson briefly looked to have taken over from the experienced De Gea. 

But after missing out on a starting spot for the Europa League final defeat to Villarreal, Henderson was hit by long-term effects of coronavirus this summer.

De Gea was therefore unopposed starting the season as United’s number one and has since been a shining light during a frustrating slump.

Meanwhile, the Carabao Cup defeat to West Ham was Henderson’s solitary start all season.

He is competing alongside Tom Heaton to feature for United but De Gea’s form has made him undroppable.

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That has left Henderson assessing his options, and according to The Sun, United have now decided to let the 24-year-old leave on a long-term loan.

It is claimed Henderson will be allowed to leave for an 18-month loan period, which would mean he would be 26 by the time he returned to the club. 

And the Daily Mail report that Newcastle would be a potential suitor as they look to flex their financial muscles under the new Saudi regime and avoid relegation.

Henderson is said to earn £120,000 per-week and that would not be a concern for Newcastle’s mega-rich owners.

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He has missed out on the last three England squads and regular game time is beneficial for both the goalkeeper and United.

It is apparent United do not want to lose a player they still believe has a future in the number one jersey, so they may have come to a compromise in sanctioning a long-term, but temporary exit.

Henderson has already been tipped to leave United by former Red Devils shot-stopper Mark Bosnich.

“I think he should go,” Bosnich told talkSPORT.

“He’s at the stage of his career where he needs to be playing regular football.”

“He’ll know that as well. I understand that at the start of the season, him having a go in pre-season to see how things plan out.
Bosnich, who spent two years at Old Trafford, believes Newcastle could be the ideal project for Henderson.

“Newcastle are a club who are on the go and on the move but they are also in a perilous position right now,” he added.

“New manager. It’s important to get your spin right and the goalkeeper is the integral part of that.

“He should go and should go as soon as he possibly can.”

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