Man Utd chiefs worried about contract being ripped up by frustrated star

Date published: Friday 26th February 2021 10:58 - Jonny Whitfield

Dean Henderson, Victor Lindelof Southampton v Man Utd November 2020

Manchester United officials feel concerned that goalkeeper Dean Henderson could demand a move away this summer, a report has claimed.

The 23-year-old arrived back at Old Trafford last summer following a loan spell at Sheffield United confident of staking a claim to be the club’s No. 1.

However, he has only made 13 appearances so far this season. What’s more, only three of those have come in the Premier League, with only two starts.

Instead, David de Gea has largely kept his place amid renewed criticism of his performances. Pundits such as Gary Neville have questioned the Spaniard’s longevity in the role, amid a fresh dip in form.

Previous reports from the Manchester Evening News claimed that Henderson has subsequently taken action. The Englishman reportedly told manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he would look to move away if he does not become the No. 1 soon.

A fresher report from The Athletic claims that the prospect of Henderson leaving has seeped into the minds of United chiefs.

Club officials are wary that the goalkeeper could rip up the five-year contract he signed only last summer.

Amid the concerns over his future, though, Henderson would not be short of suitors should he decide to leave.

Tottenham have an interest, with Hugo Lloris likely to leave when his contract expires next summer. Indeed, Henderson is alongside his England team-mate Nick Pope on Spurs’ radar.

Henderson could also be alongside Pope and Jordan Pickford in England’s squad for Euro 2020 this summer.

As such, his age and international progress would make him a lucrative buy for potential suitors.

Lingard facing uncertainty like Dean Henderson

Jesse Lingard celebrates scoring a goal for West Ham against Tottenham.

Meanwhile, Jesse Lingard is another player who faces uncertainty over his future.

While he is solely focused for now on getting back to his best form on loan at West Ham, the midfielder could face an interesting summer transfer window if he continues in the same way he has started at the Hammers.

United could well bring him back into the fold, but reports have suggested that he could be used as bait for another West Ham star wanted at Old Trafford.

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