MANCHESTER UNITED could give their Champions League hopes a major boost by denying Sheffield United Dean Henderson for the final part of the season, according to reports.
The Blades stopper, 23, is on loan at Bramall Lane from Old Trafford for a second season this term and has been a standout player for Chris Wilder’s side.
His performances between the sticks have put the newly-promoted side into contention of a European spot as they sit just two points behind United with a game in hand.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are fifth which – due to Manchester City’s Uefa ban – would be good enough to secure a Champions League spot.
But with Sheffield United still to visit Old Trafford, United will be desperate to hold off the Yorkshire side’s charge to pip them.
And according to The Times, Manchester United could in theory recall Henderson on July 1 after his loan deal expires.
The Premier League season is unlikely to have been completed by that date.
Henderson is unlikely to push David De Gea out of the team for the final few matches – that is despite bossing the United No1 across almost every significant stat this season.
The England Under-21 international has conceded fewer goals at a better minutes-per-goal ratio, kept more clean sheets and boasts a better save percentage.
He has made fewer errors leading to goals with just one – his clanger against Liverpool – compared to three from De Gea.
But his absence for the Blades could prove critical.