Dean Henderson has it bad. On loan from Manchester United to promoted Nottingham Forest for the 2022-2023 season, the 25-year-old goalkeeper has blamed the Red Devils for the mismanagement he has been subjected to in recent months at Old Trafford. “If I spoke to Ten Hag?” Nope “initially confessed the English international (1 cap) on the airwaves of talkSPORT across the Channel, before continuing. “I didn’t really want the manager to come and see me in training because I knew he would probably want to keep me. I tried to do everything [pour obtenir un prêt] before leaving this summer. I told the hierarchy that I needed to play football. I don’t want to be here playing second fiddle. » And the former Sheffield United goalkeeper, who only played 29 pro games with his training club, to have strong words for MU.
“I was almost gone before the sporting director came in and I haven’t spoken to him since. The conversation I had after the Euros , was “you come back here to be the number one keeper”. I caught Covid – then came back so I should have always been number 1 but sadly no one followed up on everything they told me. It was also frustrating because I turned down so many good loans last summer for this reason, and they wouldn’t let me go. Sitting there and wasting 12 months is really criminal at my age. I fumed. It was probably the toughest 12 months of my career. It’s been tough and I’m so happy to be out of it now, and I’m so excited to be here [à Forest] and ready to start. » It remains to be seen whether the management of Manchester United, where Henderson remains under contract until June 2025, will respond to this more than offensive speech.