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Can Manchester United Afford To Lose This 21 Y/O Desperate To Resolve His Future This Week?

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Aakarsh Bommakanti
Was diving around lush green grass not so long ago but my keyboard is all I have now. An avid observer of detail in sports with a passion to make myself heard. Can find me playing on a field if not in front of my screen.

Standing as one of the strongest squads in England, Manchester United have a number of options for most roles in their first team. They also have a number of players out on loan, whose future should now be decided this summer. One such player, who is yet to decide his future, is Dean Henderson.

The 21-year old, who joined the academy at Manchester United from Carlisle United as a 14-year old, made his first senior appearances as a professional footballer at Stockport County, where he spent half a season on loan. He was snapped up by Grimsby Town the next season but he managed a total of just 16 league appearances in these loan stints.

However, he was loaned out to Shrewsbury Town, where he immediately turned into the first choice shot-stopper for John Askey last season. He made a total of 48 appearances in all competitions for The Shrews, helping them to the playoff final in League One.

He was also named in the League One team of the season and was one of the most exciting stars on show in the lower tiers in England. His consistency with Salop saw him break into the England U21 side just in March earlier this year and at just 21, he has a seriously bright future ahead of him.

Having made 48 appearances last season, the shot-stopper will be craving for more game time and it is now reported that Manchester United are desperate to tie him down to a new deal.

Sources close to ESPN claim that Henderson, who is now out of a contract, is already pondering over his future. At his age, he will want to play week in, week out and is expected to make a decision in the upcoming weeks.

But it is United who look to be missing out on his services.

Mourinho is reportedly looking to go into the next season with three GKs in his side. While David de Gea remains the first choice, Sergio Romero, who was his backup last season, has also been linked with an exit. But the Argentine has recently picked up an injury and might want to take his time before jumping ship.

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They also have Sam Johnstone, who will be with the first team after the end of his loan spell at Aston Villa. So the Red Devils have a plethora of talent in this role, which will push Dean Henderson, further away from signing a new deal at Old Trafford.

Do you think United should press to tie Henderson to the club for the long-term?

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