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Jose Mourinho has revealed that Dean Henderson asked to go out on loan whilst he was at Manchester United before claiming he would return to be No 1.
The goalkeeper has come through the ranks at Old Trafford and is now challenging for a regular start. When Mourinho arrived in the summer of 2016 Henderson was just 19.
At that point he was also fourth in the pecking order but immediately headed out to Grimsby Town before then going to Shrewsbury Town. A two-season loan spell at Sheffield United followed, which allowed Henderson to really make his name, and he is now back at Old Trafford challenging David de Gea – just as he predicted.
Mourinho told The Times : “I met him at [Manchester] United when he was a kid and I always remember him asking me to go on loan. He was saying when I come back, I come back to be the No.1.
“He told me that when he was the fourth choice. He is a kid with an incredible self-confidence and I think he is ready.”
De Gea remained as first choice initially before the Englishman was afforded a run of games.
Both goalkeepers are desperate for regular minutes meaning there is no guarantee both will remain at the club next season.