Dean Henderson almost scored with drop kick during Sheffield United vs Arsenal


Dean Henderson has attracted plenty of plaudits this season for his performances on loan at Sheffield United.

The Manchester United man has helped the Blades battle for European places during their incredible season, keeping 11 clean sheets in the process.

It’s even got some Manchester United fans suggesting he should be the club’s No.1 next season, rather than David de Gea.

England fans are also calling for him to replace Jordan Pickford as the main goalkeeper.

But in Sheffield United’s FA Cup quarter-final clash against Arsenal, we saw another one of Henderson’s strength – his distribution.

In fact, the goalkeeper almost scored with a quite ridiculous drop-kick.

It may have been wind-assisted but Henderson launched a kick that bounced inside Arsenal’s penalty area and had to be tipped over the bar by Emiliano Martínez.

What an effort!

The officials gave a goal kick because they believed the ball had struck the crossbar, rather than the Arsenal ‘keeper touching it.

Following De Gea’s recent mistake against Tottenham – and a fairly underwhelming campaign – Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about the prospect of Henderson becoming the club’s No.1 in the near future.

“Dean has had a fantastic couple of years at Sheffield United,” Solskjaer said.

“Eventually he will end up as England and Manchester United number one.


“We have Sergio Romero, Lee Grant and David de Gea,” Solskjaer said.

“I have a good problem to decide how our goalkeeping department is going to look next year. You can’t have three or four top keepers there.

“We need to make sure Dean plays football to develop and he needs games I am just happy he doesn’t play against us tomorrow. We appreciate what Sheffield United have done with him.”

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