Billy Sharp says Dean Henderson will be back at Sheffield United next season if he can’t dislodge David De Gea at Old Trafford.
The on-loan keeper made a brilliant treble save late on against Norwich to collect his 10th clean sheet in the Premier League and protect three points for the Blades.
Henderson, 22, signed for the Blades on a season-long loan in the summer – his second successive loan spell at Bramall Lane and his form has been sensational.
Saturday’s match-winner Sharp is a huge fan of the England Under-21 stopper and says that Henderson could return for a third spell with the club next term.
“I’m certain he’ll be England’s number one soon,” said Sharp after the 1-0 win over Norwich. “He has to be with his performances – and he wants to be as well.”
“We’re not in his ear about it, we don’t need to be,” added Sharp, when asked about Henderson’s future.
“He wants to come back. He wants to play for Man United, obviously – he’s not going to lie – but if he can’t do that he wants to play for Sheffield United.”
De Gea’s patchy form has led to speculation over Henderson’s future at United. Speaking to Sky Sports News, Solskjaer suggested that he could look to bring Henderson back into the fold after the recent 1-1 draw with Everton, when De Gea was at fault for Everton’s goal.
“That’s Man Utd!”, the manager said when asked if Henderson could be handed game time at Old Trafford.
“You should have a nice problem, you should have two or three challenging for the same positions. That’s what we are trying to get to.
“We want the best possible squad for Man United and Dean’s our player,” Solskjaer said. “He’s doing really well at the moment. And the day he comes back he’s obviously fighting to play here as well.
“David’s the best goalkeeper in the world, Dean is a very good challenger and then Sergio [Romero]’s a decent challenger as well.”