£ 18million star must stay on Manchester United squad’s scoresheet – Opinion
Dean Henderson had a rare Premier League opportunity on Wednesday night as Manchester United drew 0-0 with Crystal Palace.
The 23-year-old was selected between the sticks of the Red Devils, with regular stopper David de Gea retiring due to “personal reasons”, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
With Henderson’s stock still high after his performances on loan with Sheffield United over the past two seasons, he sent a message to manager Solskjaer that he should remain in United’s goal for the foreseeable future.
While it is true that he was not called upon too often at Selhurst Park, he made just two saves and claimed a high ball throughout the 90 minutes according to Who scored, that’s another clean sheet to add to his impressive tally and he made a late rescue stoppage to turn down Patrick van Aanholt.
In his 14 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions, the Ranked £ 18m the cork has managed to accumulate nine shutouts. That means a whopping 64% of Henderson’s end without him conceding a goal – an impressive record.
Meanwhile, de Gea did 10 clean sheets in 29 games in all competitions – which gives it a clean sheet rate of 34%.
It could be implied that Henderson ran into lesser opposition in cup competitions, but he always got clean sheets against other Premier League sides in the form of West Ham United, Brighton & Hove Albion and Everton.
After the game against Crystal Palace, United boss Solskjaer praised Henderson on his performance, saying he was “growth” in his post at Old Trafford. This was illustrated by the late save key to turn down Van Aanholt, although it was a relatively quiet night.
As it stands, Henderson deserves a side run to prove he’s the man to rely on as he hasn’t let United down at all.