Ajax ‘interested’ in taking Henderson on loan in January

Ajax are interested in bringing Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson in on loan next month, according to reports.

Henderson has only played once for the Red Devils this season – a 1-0 home defeat to West Ham in the Carabao Cup third round.

The 24-year-old enjoyed a successful loan spell with Sheffield United in 2018/19 and 19/20 before returning to Old Trafford to fight for the No 1 shirt.

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He had a decent stint in the starting XI last season, featuring three times before matchday 29 against Crystal Palace; the first of eight consecutive starts.

Henderson’s fine form was rewarded with a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020. He unfortunately had to pull out from the squad due to a hip injury and was replaced by Aaron Ramsdale.

Having struggled to get the No 1 shirt back off David de Gea this term, rumours have been circulating about the 24-year-old’s future.

Last month, The Sun claimed that Man Utd were “ready to let” Henderson leave in January, ideally on an 18-month loan deal.

And according to the Manchester Evening News, Ajax are interested in signing the England shot-stopper next month.

39-year-old Maarten Stekelenburg has been the Eredivisie side’s first-choice ‘keeper in the absence of Andre Onana – who is poised to leave the club next month following the end of his doping ban last month.

Stekelenburg sustained a season-ending injury in August, however,  with 38-year-old Remko Pasveer starting in his absence, in favour of Onana.

This means the goalkeeping position will likely be addressed in January, with Henderson being a very feasible option. Ajax chief and ex-United ‘keeper Edwin van der Sar is a confirmed admirer of the Englishman.

Meanwhile, De Gea “let himself down” during their recent 3-2 victory over Arsenal, according to Paul Robinson.

The Gunners scored a bizarre opening goal at Old Trafford five days ago with Emile Smith Rowe finishing from just outside the box while De Gea was down on the floor injured.

And former England goalkeeper Robinson thinks De Gea should’ve got up and carried on unless it was a serious injury.

Robinson told Football Insider: “I’ve found it very hard to back goalkeepers this week and I usually always do. De Gea let himself down with the way he acted against Arsenal. He should not have laid on the ground like that.”

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