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Dean Henderson fires fresh David de Gea warning with bullish Man Utd declaration

Dean Henderson has again made it clear that he will be Manchester United’s No 1 despite competition from David de Gea.

The goalkeeper has never lacked for confidence and been happy to publicly state his Old Trafford ambitions.

Henderson had to bide his time last season having returned from his successful loan spell at Sheffield United.

The 24-year-old was forced to play second fiddle to De Gea initially before he was given a run of games.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer restored the Spaniard to the starting XI for the Europa League final last month leaving both goalkeepers in uncertain situations.

De Gea’s £300,000-a-week wages have backed United into a corner, but Henderson has been hailed as a future Red Devils No 1 by Solskjaer and will not stick around as second choice.

Dean Henderson has been vocal about his No 1 ambition

The Englishman accepts that his vocal stance hasn’t always helped his cause, but is determined and ready to take his opportunity.

He said: “Yeah, 100 per cent. I’ve spoke about this for years. Whether it gets me in trouble speaking about it, whether it holds me back at certain times, it probably does.

“But at the end of the day it’ll happen one day and I know it’ll happen, so I’m just going to keep working hard day in, day out and my time will come. I was 100 per cent born ready.

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“I’ve just got to be ready for when that time comes. There’s no excuses when you step over that white line. You’ve got to puff your chest out and go for it and everything that you’ve put in day in, day out, all the training, everything, pays off.”

Henderson’s exploits in recent times have caught the attention of Gareth Southgate and he was handed his first England appearance last year.

A lack of regular game time has hampered his international ambitions though.

He is one of three goalkeepers in the Three Lions squad but is prepared to play his part with Jordan Pickford currently Southgate’s No 1.

“Listen, that’s my job. I’m here, I’m ready to play when called upon. Jordan deserves this tournament, obviously he was brilliant at the World Cup,” Henderson added.

“I’ve got a lot of time for Jordan, obviously he’s a northern boy like me, we get on really well and he’s been fantastic in an England jersey, so he deserves this tournament.

“And I’ll be there ready, like Sam (Johnstone) will be as well, if the opportunity arises and one of us get on the pitch.

“But my aim for this tournament is to help Jordan in the best way I can and really support him for him to perform the best for our country, because it’s the team work and hopefully it’ll make the dream work.”




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