Dean Henderson has allegedly demanded to be Manchester United’s senior choice goalkeeper if he stays at the club next season.
The 23-year-old star has impressed in his two seasons on loan at Sheffield United, while the club’s No.1 David de Gea has struggled for form recently.
Only Ederson (17), Alisson and Nick Pope (both 15) kept more top-flight clean sheets than Henderson (13) the last season.
David is facing criticism for his inconsistent displays and has committed SEVEN errors leading to league goals since the start of the 2018/19 term.
It has resulted in calls for Dean to replace De Gea as United’s No.1, who only penned a new long-term deal last year.
The Sun claim the Englishman has given Old Trafford senior figures an ultimatum – ‘make me No.1 or let me go’.
De Gea’s most recent shaky performance came in United’s disappointing 3-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
The Spaniard could have certainly done better for all three goals, including Mason Mount’s strike, which the former Atletico ace failed to push wide.
Last month, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted Dean would become the club’s No.1 some day.
The Norwegian tactician said: “Dean has made some great choices over the years and has developed fantastically.
“We’re looking at that in terms of where he’s going to be next season, but as yet that has not been decided.
“This season has proved a great experience for him, he’s done himself some favours with his performances and proved he will be England’s No.1 and Man United’s No.1 at some point.”
Manchester United’s board refused to match Borussia Dortmund’s contract offer for midfielder Jude Bellingham despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans to make the Englishman an immediate first-team regular, according to reports.
United and Ole were confident of securing a deal for the highly regarded 17-year-old after giving the player and his parents a guided tour of the club’s training ground in March.
Jude also held talks with Sir Alex Ferguson at Carrington, as well as with Ole and United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
However, BVB ended up winning the race for the midfielder as they purchased him from Birmingham City for an initial £25 million fee in July.
According to ESPN, Solskjaer believed Jude would make an impact in the first-team straight away at the club and felt the 17-year-old would make at least 20 appearances in his debut season.
But despite Solskjaer’s confidence in his plan for Jude, United’s hierarchy refused to match Die Borussen’s contract offer worth £56,000 a week due to the midfielder’s inexperience.
Before signing for Dortmund, Bellingham had only made his senior debut for his former club Birmingham City in August, although he went on to make 44 appearances for the EFL Championship club and immediately established himself as a first-choice midfielder.
‘I’m incredibly excited to have joined one of Europe’s biggest clubs,’ Jude said after joining Dortmund.
‘The direction they are heading in and how much they help to improve young players made it an easy decision for myself and my family.’
Brandon Williams has penned a new Manchester United contract that will keep the player at the club until the summer of 2024, with the option to extend for a further season.
The full-back was handed his senior team debut in October in the UEFA Europa League and has since gone on to make 33 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions.
The 19-year-old ace was only given his previous contract in October 2019, which was due to run until June 2022, but his performances this term have seen him rewarded with a fresh and improved contract.
“Signing this contract is another really proud moment for myself and my family. Having been at Manchester United since I was seven years old, it’s genuinely a dream come true to be playing in the first team,” Brandon said.
“It has taken a huge amount of hard work to reach this point and it has been really special for me to break through into the squad.
“I’ve learned a lot throughout the season from the manager, his coaching staff and my team-mates and I want to repay the trust that they have all shown in me.
“I know that everyone at the club is working really hard every day to achieve success in the coming years and I am really excited to be a part of that.”
Meantime, Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reportedly wants to see the Gunners invest heavily in the transfer window before committing his future to the North London outfit as Manchester United still in the race for the Gabon international.