Dean Henderson has said he will seek another loan if he cannot oust David de Gea as Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper next season.
Henderson has signed a new long-term contract at Old Trafford and sources told ESPN that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plan, as it stands, is for the 23-year-old to fight De Gea for the first place.
– Stream FC Daily on ESPN +
– Insider diary: Real Madrid stars stunned by Messi’s exit speech
United will kick off their Premier League campaign against Crystal Palace on September 19, but with the transfer window not set to close until October 5, there would be an opportunity for Henderson, who impressed on loan at Sheffield United last season , to get an exit if Solskjaer hands the gloves to De Gea.
“Look, 100% the goal is for me to play football next season,” Henderson said ahead of England’s Nations League game against Iceland.
“I don’t think I want to not play after last season, after a good season with momentum.
“It wouldn’t be smart for me to just sit there and not play football, I don’t think that would help the parties at all.”
Henderson’s performances at Sheffield United saw him called up to England’s senior Nations League squad.
He aims to consolidate his place as England’s No.1 ahead of the European Championship next summer but has insisted he has to play regularly if he hopes to impress manager Gareth Southgate.
“You can get a lot out of training and obviously learn from someone like David and the other goalies and coaches,” Henderson added. “But I don’t think there is any substitute for playing time.
“I’m not going to get better just sitting on the bench. I need that playing time.
“David de Gea has obviously been a great goalkeeper for many years. He’s been phenomenal and that’s something I aspire to be, to have a career like his at the club, so I’ll be back on the first day of preseason, my socks to get into that starting lineup because it’s something I’ve always wanted.
“I’m so close now, so I’m not going to give up, I’m going to put the pressure on.”