In a surprising statement, 25-year-old goalkeeper Dean Henderson has lashed out at Premier League giants Manchester United for mistreating him and labelled them ‘criminal’. The talented goalkeeper was left ‘fuming’ at the fact that he did not get much game time at Manchester United. He said he was promised that he would be the No.1 choice goalkeeper at “The Red Devils”.
Henderson played only three games last season for United. It was Spanish keeper David De Gea who got the nod ahead of him on most occasions.
“To be honest, it has probably been the toughest 12 months of my career. The conversation I had coming out of the Euros squad was: ‘You’re coming back here to be the No. 1.’ said the English keeper to TalkSport.
🗣 “I’ve been a caged animal for the last year.”
Dean Henderson opens up about missing a year of playing football and says he wishes he could play against Man United this season pic.twitter.com/WqvPCdxj5c
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) August 3, 2022
Dean Henderson appeared in 26 matches in the 2020-21 season for Manchester United. On the back of impressive performances, he got a call to the England national side for the European Championship squad. He made 38 saves in all the matches he played for United and had a fabulous 76% save percentage.
However, he had to withdraw from the English squad after he suffered a hip injury. And to add to his woes, he was afflicted with Covid-19 a few weeks before the commencement of the 2021-22 season.
“I got COVID-19, came back, so I should have still been the number one. But then nobody followed through with what they had told me. It was frustrating, because I turned down so many good loans last summer for that reason, and they would not let me go,” said Henderson.
Dean Henderson is now with Nottingham Forest on loan. Forest has been newly promoted to the top-tier of English football. This happened after they finished 4th last season in the EFL Championship. Henderson certainly will get more exposure and opportunities at Nottingham Forest.