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Wilder would love to keep Dean Henderson next season

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Sheffield United would welcome the opportunity to keep goalkeeper Dean Henderson for a third-straight season but are respectful of Manchester United’s plans for the young backstop.

Henderson, 23, will stay with Blades through the Premier League season as the club aims to finish in a European place just one year after being promoted from the Championship.

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Henderson is second in the PL with 10 clean sheets, level with Alisson Becker and Kasper Schmeichel and one back of league leader Nick Pope.

Blades have done a good job keeping the action away from Henderson, whose 70 saves are 13th in the league. According to SofaScore’s metrics, Henderson is the sixth-best performing goalkeeper this season and Wilder loves to see the keeper let the ball fly way up the field.

Wilder would love to secure Henderson’s future. From YorkshireLive.com:

“We have had initial early conversations, of course we would, we would be open to Dean coming back, but I have got to say I have huge respect for Manchester United and the football club and I have always gone on record as saying he’s Manchester United’s player and Manchester United will make that decision which is best for themselves in conjunction with Dean. Obviously from our point of view there’s an opportunity and we would love to take that opportunity.”

David De Gea has not been at his best but for a couple of years but is a fixture at Manchester United. He turned 21 when he moved to Old Trafford from Atletico Madrid in 2011, the same year a 14-year-old Henderson joined the Man United academy from Carlisle United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer loves an academy-produced talent, though, and Henderson is much younger and an England goalkeeper. United has loaned him out five times, and he’s won plaudits at both clubs that made him No. 1. He was a member of the League One PFA Team of the Year at Shrewsbury Town in 2018 and won the Championship Golden Glove with Blades last season.

What would Henderson want? He led the Blades to Premier League promotion and has a decent chance to earn a Europa League place this season. Man Utd is in the discussion of the Champions League. Will the table finishes for each side swing the preferences of either Solskjaer or Henderson?

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Sheffield United season restart preview

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With the 2019-20 Premier League season soon to restart, let’s focus on all 20 clubs and see where they stand ahead of the final nine matches of the season.

Sheffield United is next.

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Let’s take a closer look at all things Blades when it comes to the season restart.


Outlook: Sheffield United has welcomed itself to the Premier League and put its feet up on the big boys’ tables while asking what’s for dinner. Blades sit seventh and will hope to continue a fairytale which has them on the precipice of the Europa League. Their fixture list in monstrous, especially at Bramall Lane, but Wilder’s proven capable of outwitting even the smartest of bosses for long periods of time. A name to remember is Simon Moore. The backup keeper and starter from Blades’ League One days could become vital should Manchester United defy expectation and pull Dean Henderson home from his loan upon its June 30 expiry.

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Tactical analysis: Chris Wilder has flummoxed many a Premier League manager with his creative use of defenders in attack. United typically uses Jack O’Connell, John Egan and Chris Basham as a back-3 with Enda Stevens and George Baldock as the two wingbacks. Those players have accounted for six of United’s 18 PL assists this season. For more on the tactics, Wilder laid things out in entertaining fashion for Arlo White late last month.


Possible XI (3-5-2) 

—– Henderson* —–

— Basham — O’Connell — Egan —

— Baldock — Fleck —  Berge —– Norwood — Stevens—

—– McBurnie —– Mousset —–

The challenge here is fitting January signing Berge into the mix, as fellow central midfielders John Fleck, Oliver Norwood, and John Lundstram have been instrumental in this amazing season. Lundstram seems the most likely to cede his spot if someone will, which really says something about Berge’s immense talent. David McGoldrick and Billy Sharp have provided a lot up top, so McBurnie and Mousset will see plenty of time on the bench. And the biggest question of all is Henderson, who’s on loan from top seven rival Manchester United.

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Remaining schedule
Home: Spurs, Wolves, Chelsea, Everton
Away: Newcastle, Manchester United, Burnley, Leicester City, Southampton

Predicted finish: The Blades will get the chance to defend their home turf from not one, not two, not three, but four would-be European rivals (It’s a little generous to include Everton, but the talent is there). Throw in Leicester and Manchesteer United away, and there is a huge bridge to cross for Wilder’s men to keep their incredible season on the path toward unprecedented heights. It’s not just about keeping Spurs and Arsenal in the rear view mirror, as Blades meet the next four teams above their seventh-place footing.

Premier League social media wrap: Henderson’s emotional surprise

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We’ve got a couple of Hendersons to lead us through Friday’s wrap-up of the best of Premier League personalities on social media.

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Let’s start with Jordan Henderson, who’s proven to be an A-plus fella onand-off the field this season.

He’s the focal point of Liverpool and Nivea’s combined and ongoing intent to make us cry while thinking about football.

Henderson rang up a Liverpool supporter who’s had a very tough season despite the Reds’ incredible run, surprising the man with a rather deep and emotional conversation (and some pretty great surprises in store for him around the Anfield set).

Also, FIFA20 is helping tide us over for football by announcing its “Team of the Season So Far.”

That’s where the aforementioned other Henderson comes into play, as Sheffield United goalkeeper and Manchester United loanee Dean Henderson gets love to the video game giant.

There’s more Liverpool in store, as James Milner was challenged to a pretty decent physical feat (even, at least a little, for a living Premier League and England legend).

 

Ranking every Sheffield United player

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How to grade the players who’ve combined in a rather even manner to produce the (probably) second-best Premier League story of the decade?

You just… do.

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Below we give each Sheffield United player a grade, ranking and grouping them together based on their seasons so far.

If a Blades player is listed in this ranking it is because they’ve played in more than five games in all competitions.


A-GRADE

Chris Basham: An absolute monster, averaging 2.2 tackles, 2.2 interceptions, and 4.5 clearances while playing all but 80 minutes of the league campaign. To do so after waiting nearly nine years between top-flight opportunities is all the more impressive. There are not a lot of center backs with four Man of the Match honors on their resumes.

John Fleck: Five goals, two assists, 80 percent passing with grit to fill a vacuum on the weakest side (let alone one as hearty as the Blades).

Oliver Norwood: Averaging an absurd 6.5 completed long balls per game (1.6 crosses). To have that ambition with the ball while still completing 81.1 percent of all passes is *chef’s kiss.*

Enda Stevens

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B-GRADE

Dean Henderson: One of the stories of the summer will be how Manchester United views the homegrown loanee, especially considering how David De Gea has slipped a bit. For the most part, he’s been excellent.

George Baldock: One of two every-minute men (Jack O’Connell), Baldock delivers the goods in all thirds of the pitch.

John Lundstram
Jack O’Connell
John Egan


C-GRADE

David McGoldrick: The unluckiest player in the Premier League, he’s produced plenty of chances but hasn’t been able to finish them off. That’s keeping him from a B, or even higher. Problems of being a forward.

Billy Sharp: Getting a boost out of sentimentality, as his three goals and status as a club hero give anyone with a pulse a good feeling. Those goals coming in big spots tease a better grade.

Lys Mousset: The team’s leader in both goals and assists but offers almost zero in any other area of the pitch. Is that harsh? Blades fans might argue with the C.

Luke Freeman
Oliver McBurnie

Lys Mousset (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

D-GRADE

Callum Robinson
Ben Osborn
Muhamed Besic


INCOMPLETE

Leon Clarke, Ravel Morrison, Simon Moore, Phil Jagielka, Sander Berge

Henderson, Sharp help Blades past Norwich City

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Someone old and someone (relatively) new led Sheffield United past Norwich City 1-0 on Saturday at Bramall Lane.

Veteran Billy Sharp scored a first-half goal and young loanee Dean Henderson made key saves as Blades rose sixth with 43 points.

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Norwich City couldn’t make it two wins on the bounce, and the Canaries sit six points clear of the drop zone.


Three things we learned

1. Henderson stands tall (even while stooping low): The Manchester United loanee made four saves, all of them inside the box in laying further claim to an England spot. He’s also raising his price tag and perhaps forcing his parent club to consider his future. Look at this late work on Saturday.

2. Canaries a bit better, but missing edge: Norwich came close to a result, even managing five shots on target to the hosts’ four. They took 12 shots to United’s 10 and has 59 percent of the ball, though there will be few moral victories this close to relegation and the end of the season.

3. Sharp edge to the hosts: The Blades’ 34-year-old striker snared another big goal. He only has three this season, but two provided wins after the first was an point-earning marker in United’s first match back in the top flight. He knows his way around the box, with 243 senior goals.

Man of the Match: Henderson


Max Aarons was injured early for the Canaries.

Teemu Pukki smashed a chance off the back post on an early Norwich corner.

Blades had the first two shots on target of the match including Sharp’s goal, the 34-year-old scoring for the third time in four matches across all competitions.

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John Lundstram collected the assist, another strong step in reclaiming his midfield place following the signing of Sander Berge.

Blades defender Chris Basham came closest to making it 2-0 in the second half, and Henderson’s double save was the other flash point of the second frame.