– Dean Henderson has enjoyed a significant rise to prominence in recent months following his performances at Man United
– He was recently named in England’s squad for the Euro 2020 tournament alongside Sam Johnstone and Jordan Pickford
– Whereas he is yet to feature in either of the Three Lions’ warm-up friendlies, Mourinho has backed him to play an integral part in the coming days
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Jose Mourinho believes Man United goalkeeper Dean Henderson is on course to becoming a phenomenal shot-stopper.
Henderson enjoyed a successful 2020/21 campaign with United as he managed to tussle David de Gea for the no.1 role.
Both Henderson and De Gea switched roles occasionally through the season, with the latter getting the nod during the Europa League final which the Red Devils went on to lose against Villarreal.
At the international level, Henderson still has to contend with competition from Sam Johnstone and Jordan Pickford in the race to be England’s first-choice goalkeeper.
However, while Mourinho admits the United goalie is not a finished product just yet, he has backed him to be phenomenal soon.
“I think they [England’s trio] are good goalkeepers. I don’t think they are phenomenal goalkeepers or, in Dean Henderson’s case, not yet phenomenal. When I say not yet, I say he will be,” Mourinho told The Times.
“I met him at [Manchester] United when he was a kid and I always remember him asking me to go on loan. He was saying when I come back, I come back to be the No 1. He told me that when he was the fourth choice. He is a kid with incredible self-confidence and I think he is ready,” he added.
Henderson is yet to feature in either of the Three Lions’ warm-up friendlies, with Pickford currently preferred.
Earlier, TUKO.co.ke reported Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had conceded either Henderson or De Gea could leave Man United if left out of the Europa League final squad.
De Gea started the campaign as the first-choice goalkeeper before the Englishman ousted him in March when he flew to Spain for the birth of his first child.
However, it was reported Henderson had failed to convince Solskjaer he deserves to be the undisputed first-choice especially after his costly mistake in Man United’s 4-2 defeat to Liverpool late in the EPL 2020/21 season.
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