Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson wanted on loan by Ajax

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Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson wanted on loan by Ajax - Getty Images
Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson wanted on loan by Ajax - Getty Images

Ajax are interested in signing Dean Henderson on loan next month with the Manchester United goalkeeper reluctant to spend the second half of the season on the substitutes’ bench.

Henderson, 24, is expected to start in United’s Champions League dead rubber against Young Boys at Old Trafford on Wednesday night in what would be only his second appearance of the season and first for 11 weeks.

The England goalkeeper is determined to impress United’s new interim manager Ralf Rangnick and is keeping an open mind as things stand but he has little interest in playing second fiddle to David De Gea for the remainder of the campaign if there is no sign of opportunities to come.

Aside from wanting regular club football, Henderson also hopes to make England’s World Cup squad in Qatar next year and knows he needs to be playing to warrant inclusion.

Ajax’s interest in Henderson goes back 18 months to when his two-year spell on loan at Sheffield United ended and the Dutch club are searching for a quality first choice goalkeeper.

It remains to be seen if Rangnick is prepared to loan Henderson in mid-season and entrust Tom Heaton as De Gea’s understudy but Edwin van der Sar, the Ajax chief executive and former United No. 1, is an admirer of Henderson as they look for a solution to their goalkeeping problems.

Andre Onana, Ajax’s usual No. 1, only returned from a doping ban last month and the Cameroon goalkeeper, who is out of contract next summer and could yet leave the club in January, has yet to win his place back despite his back-up Maarten Stekelenburg being ruled out for the season with a hip injury suffered in August.

It has meant Erik ten Hag, the Ajax coach, placing his faith firmly in third choice goalkeeper Remko Pasveer this season.

But Ten Hag - who is one of the candidates in the running to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as permanent manager at Old Trafford - is hoping to bring in a new goalkeeper in the winter window as Ajax step up their push for the Eredivisie title and Champions League.

Henderson had pushed himself firmly into contention to challenge De Gea for the No. 1 spot after finishing last season as United’s first choice goalkeeper.

But Henderson ended up being left severely fatigued after contracting coronavirus during the summer, which removed the need for Solskjaer to choose between him and De Gea, and the Spain goalkeeper’s impressive form since has seen him tighten his grip on the No. 1 jersey.

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