MANCHESTER UNITED will be pleased that they won’t have to face loanee goalkeeper Dean Henderson on Sunday – as his stats this season are better than David De Gea’s.
The Sheffield United No1 is enjoying his second spell at Bramall Lane after leaving Old Trafford in search of first-team football.
Since first signing at the start of last season, Henderson hasn’t missed a minute in 58 consecutive league starts for the Blades – a run that will now come to an end.
Premier League rules mean the England Under-21 international cannot play against his parent club.
That will likely bring Blades reserve Simon Moore into the side and the ex-Brentford keeper will be backed up by recent Belgian signing Michael Verrips.
The news is undoubtedly a huge boost to Manchester United given Henderson’s impeccable start to the season.
Brushing off an error in the defeat by Liverpool earlier this season, he jointly leads the league table for clean sheets with five.
Only Ederson and Kasper Schmeichel have as many shutouts while the Red Devils’ David De Gea can only count two.
Similarly, Henderson leads De Gea for saves (34 to 33) and high claims (seven to three).
However there is a difference in style detected from the fact the Blades ace has seven punches to his name to De Gea’s zero – suggesting the Spaniard prefers to always catch high balls.
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In the summer, there was talk that Henderson, 22, believed he was ready to oust the current Man Utd custodian.
With De Gea since earning a new contract, the loanee can concentrate on his attempt at becoming the first-ever goalkeeper to win the Prem’s Golden Glove award from a promoted club.
United head to Sheffield a point and two places below the South Yorkshire side, who haven’t lost in five.