Henderson stands ready to take on the “pressure” on Man Utd after proving that the credit system is working
Dean Henderson is ready to face “pressure” from a Manchester United player after proving the loan system works for players with ambition and potential.
The highly rated goalkeeper is returning to Old Trafford after two productive periods at Sheffield United.
Stations in Bramall Lane enabled the 23-year-old to advance to the Premier League and live in the elite.
Meanwhile, he was called up to the England senior squad while a new contract was signed with his parent club.
David de Gea continues to face serious competition for places in the Red Devils, with Henderson having to be patient to get the breakthrough he most desires, but the confident Keeper feels well placed to face yet another challenge .
He said Uniteds official website to gain valuable experience elsewhere: “You have to accept it confidently, with the Manchester United badge on your chest. Accept every moment, have a great time and I am sure you will learn so much.
“I was lucky because I had really good loan periods, but it comes from you. You have to believe in yourself and want to work hard.
“I’m sure a lot of guys will go out and do it this season. You just learn to adapt to anything.
“For example, playing at Sheffield United is different from Stockport County and different from Grimsby. Different managers want different things, and you have to be open-minded and ready to do what the manager wants you to do. In doing that, you are giving yourself a great opportunity.
“I think [other players] are always excited to see what can be done on the pitch. An aura surrounds you the day you step in as you wear the Manchester United badge on your chest. You ask yourself, “How good is this boy? We heard a lot about him. ‘
“So this pressure comes with it and you have to be on the top drawer right away. I used to love joining as a Manchester United player, it makes you feel great and I performed very quickly and earned my respect for what was good. “
Henderson added, “I just think when I left [Old Trafford], I felt like I was growing up to be a young man. Now I’ve come back much more experienced because I’ve learned a lot about myself, about my character – on and off the pitch.
“I come back to the building as a man who understands the game, how it works, and now I’m an England international. It was a great learning curve going to Yorkshire and I really enjoyed it. I’ve learned a lot and I can’t thank them enough.
“The promotion last year was good, the experience of playing and fighting for something, with the pressure in all the games. To go to Elland Road and places like that, you have to win beforehand. For me it made me who I am today. I understood the pressures of things and how to get across the line and win things. It was an amazing feeling that first season at Sheffield United.
“Going back and having the season we had in the Premier League when everyone wrote us off and said we were relegated and went into the unknown, but the way we managed to finish ninth I thought outstanding.
“But we could have made it into the Europa League for the lockdown, no doubt about it, but unfortunately it didn’t work out in the end. However, it has been a season the club can be proud of and I hope they will continue to play next season. “