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Pundit: 22-year-old can replace De Gea at Manchester United

Manchester United loanee wants to replace under fire David de Gea.

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea must be wary of his position as number one given the performances of loan-star Dean Henderson.

The Red Devils have loaned Henderson out to Sheffield United for the second season in a row, with his performances helping the newly promoted outfit to push for a top five finish.

Meanwhile at Old Trafford, de Gea is coming under increasing pressure following another blunder in their latest outing in the Premier League.

Former Blades midfielder Michael Brown has spoken highly of Henderson in the press lately, praising his will to win amid talk of his return to the Theatre of Dreams.

“Every day in training he doesn’t want to lose,” Brown told Football Insider.

“He wants to be in and around it, he’s open to the chat about Manchester United and De Gea, he wants to go on.”

De Gea had been the most important player within the United squad during their difficult times, with talk of Henderson replacing him being out of the question until recently.

The Spaniard’s levels of performance have dropped lately though, leading to a potential opening as number one at Old Trafford.

Henderson hasn’t harmed his chances of leapfrogging de Gea in the United pecking order with his displays on loan over the last two years.

The 22-year-old has missed just one Premier League fixture this season, keeping nine clean sheets in the process, two more than his Spanish counterpart.

Even more surprising than Henderson out-performing de Gea this season is the current gap of just two-points between United and Sheffield, with the latter having a game in hand.

While the Red Devils have failed to hit the heights expected of them this season, their on-loan goalkeeper is enjoying a brilliant campaign which could end with the Blades securing a place in Europe.

Henderson has been key to Sheffield’s success over the last two seasons, and he has now proven to his parent club that he is capable of performing in the Premier League.

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