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Dean Henderson’s penalty save against Nottingham Forest has revived his Manchester United career

Manchester United have only played 180 minutes of their new Premier League season, but there have already been enough spills, if not thrills, to provide a familiar narrative. Erik ten Hag was supposed to change everything. Of course, the former Ajax manager has more than enough time to turn things around, and his current woes are not his fault. However, one decision made by Ten Hag during the summer transfer window has come under scrutiny following another high-octane matchday in the English Premier League. United were humiliated by Brentford on Saturday afternoon after being humbled by Brighton on the opening day. David de Gea made a glaring error that set the tone for a 4-0 demolition. Around 24 hours later, United goalkeeper Dean Henderson was instrumental in Nottingham Forest’s first win in the Premier League in 23 years. Garner was a bad decision for United. Henderson would have been the number one goalkeeper at Old Trafford if things had gone differently last summer, but De Gea reclaimed the gloves and was a rare bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season for United. In the short term, Henderson’s decision was justified, and he sought employment elsewhere. However, Ten Hag followed him while he was still at Ajax, and the door may have been reopened. However, the incoming United manager stuck by De Gea, and Henderson was fired once more, despite the fact that the timing of his penalty heroics could not be ignored. It drew high praise from Forest manager Steve Cooper, who, in analyzing his efforts, dismissed previous criticism leveled at the United graduate by none other than Roy Keane. Cooper stated: “Goalkeepers are sometimes required to have big moments. The obvious thing was the penalty save, but his distribution and decision-making were excellent. “We are a team that likes to play with the ball, but we had to be cautious in the second half, which Dean handled very well and with great positioning. He did well both this week and last week. He must now perform well the following week.” Last season, De Gea started every Premier League game for Manchester United, while Henderson was given rare opportunities to play in cup competitions. However, after Manchester United were knocked out of the FA Cup on penalties by Middlesbrough, Keane singled out Henderson as a scapegoat for failing to make an impact.

Dean Henderson was targeted by Roy Keane.
(Source: Sky Sports via Football Daily)

In an interview with fellow ITV pundit Ian Wright, he stated: “Both keepers were terrible. The penalties were good, but the two goalkeepers were terrible, getting nowhere near them.” When evaluating Henderson after a match against Liverpool the previous season, Keane added: “Henderson worries me because he appears so small in the goals. He has a good mentality, a good temperament, and is quick on his feet, but I’ve recently seen a few goals go in where he appears small in the goals.” They cannot return to De Gea, and I do not believe that is the final solution. Of course, he [Henderson] will make mistakes, but my main concern is his presence.” MORE TO READ: The most recent Manchester United news With Ronaldo’s decision, Ten Hag can begin the rebuilding process. Before the Brentford game, a dressing room brawl erupted. Ten Hag may be squandering best United solutions. Ferdinand believes in Ronaldo’s ‘theory’ about teammates.