Dean Henderson has been a popular figure in the media as of late. He made headlines last week after a mistake against Liverpool gifted the league leaders three points, and this week rumors that Manchester United just placed a 20-million-pound price tag on him have ensured his affairs remain front page news. His recent successes at Sheffield United in the Championship and now the Premier League have seen him go from an unknown to a household name in Manchester seemingly overnight, yet the keeper traces his roots in the North West back to 2011 when he joined the academy as a 14-year-old.
Henderson quickly progressed through the youth ranks at Carrington and was a finalist for the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year Award in 2015, signing his first professional contract shortly afterwards. Since then, he has gained a wealth of experience on loan, beginning at non-league club Stockport County and progressing to a higher level each successive year, rising up through the Football League with Grimsby, Shrewsbury Town, and now Sheffield United. After earning promotion to the Premier League with the latter in a season which saw him win the club’s Young Player of the Year award and the Championship’s Golden Glove, Manchester United tied down Henderson to fresh terms before sending him back to Sheffield for the 2019/20 season.