Dean Henderson’s dream Bramall Lane return descended into a nightmare just minutes into Manchester United ’s clash with Sheffield United.
The former Blades loanee was handed a shock start by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer against the side he spent the last two seasons with.
Solskjaer opted to drop David De Gea to the bench, with United preparing for the hectic festive fixture schedule.
The United boss admitted that he had long planned for Henderson to start the game, his third Premier League appearance of the season.
“It’s one I had pencilled in for him early on,” he said. “I feel Dean is ready as well now to take these games on because he’s played well when he’s played. David did really well against City, it’s not anything to do with that.”
But just five minutes into the game with Chris Wilder’s side, Henderson was robbed by Oliver Burke following a backpass from Harry Maguire.
Burke then showed a calm touch to square the ball to David McGoldrick to put United behind.
Henderson’s clanger came just minutes after he warned his teammates that his old team would be champing at the bit for a big result.
“It’s nice to be back, been in Sheffield last night, so it brings back a lot of good memories,” he told Amazon Prime before kick-off. “Happy to be back here and get underway.
“It’s going to be a massive test for us tonight. If we think we can just roll in here and take three points easily we’ve got another thing coming.
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“I’ll make sure I’m onto the boys straight away, they’ll know how much it means.
“Especially in the first twenty minutes, they’re going to come flying out of the traps, they’ve got a point to prove.”
Unfortunately he didn’t heed his own advice, with Amazon pundit Ally McCoist describng Henderson’s error of judgement as a “nightmare”. Fortunately for the United stopper, he wasn’t left embarrassed for long, with Marcus Rashford thumping an equaliser in the 25th minute and Anthony Martial putting them in front seven minutes later.
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