Louis van Gaal was stunned by Dean Henderson’s bravado as 18-year-old at Manchester United

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Henderson has spent the last two years at Sheffield (Picture: Getty)

 

Manchester United chiefs describe Dean Henderson as a goalkeeper with supreme confidence, so much so that he left Louis van Gaal stunned by his bravado when he was manager.

Henderson has spent the season on loan at Sheffield United and with David de Gea faltering at United, there is talk the Englishman could take over from the Spaniard next season.

The 23-year-old has made it clear he has zero interest in playing second fiddle at United and ESPN claim that attitude has been in place since Henderson was a youngster.

Henderson was 18 in February of 2018 and Van Gaal called the youngster up for an FA Cup game.

The stopper sat on the bench for the clash with Shrewsbury and was approached by Van Gaal after the match.

Van Gaal asked Henderson if he enjoyed the experience of being included in the first-team squad, but he replied he would keep the spot for United’s following game.

The Dutchman was surprised by Henderson’s boldness, but took the comments in good humour.

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Van Gaal gave Henderson a taste of the senior team (Picture: Getty)

 

United take on Sheffield United on Wednesday night, but Henderson will not play against his parent club.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects big things from Henderson and backed him to eventually take over the No.1 spot at Old Trafford.

‘Dean has had a fantastic couple of years at Sheffield United,’ Solskjaer said.

‘Eventually he will end up as England and Manchester United number one.’

‘We need to make sure Dean plays football to develop and he needs games I am just happy he doesn’t play against us tomorrow,’ Solskjaer added.

‘We appreciate what Sheffield United have done with him.’

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