Manchester United are considering whether to veto Dean Henderson’s loan to Sheffield United.
The 23 year old goalkeeper has been on a season long loan at Bramall Lane, and has helped them enjoy an impressive first year back in the Premier League.
However, that loan is due to expire on June 30th and United are considering exercising their option to recall him after that date. Henderson is one of hundreds of players who will be out of contract after June 30th, and, with the Premier League, if it does resume, set to carry on into the summer, there is a discussion about whether their contracts should be automatically extended until the league is finished.
The two clubs are rivals for European football next season. When the season was halted, Manchester United were fifth in the table, two places, but only two points better than the Sheffield club who have a game in hand. And with fifth potentially being good enough for Champions League football next season, because of Manchester City’s potential ban for breaching FFP, the Old Trafford side may want to weaken their rival by depriving them of one of their best players for the remaining games.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.