Manchester United are happy to allow young goalkeeper Dean Henderson to extend his loan contract and finish the season with Sheffield United.
The 23-year-old, whose temporary stay at Bramall Lane was scheduled to come to an end in June, has been a vital part of Sheffield United’s success this season. Despite being a newly-promoted side, the Blades currently sit seventh in the Premier League table and they boast a game in hand which could see them move up to fifth with a victory.
The problem for United is that they currently sit fifth, so Chris Wilder’s side look like a direct threat to their hopes of sealing European football next season.
With the season set to spill over into August, loan contracts can be briefly extended if all parties agree to do so, and there had been speculation that United could terminate Henderson’s contract to try and harm the Blades, but The Telegraph state that is not the case.
Sheffield United are optimistic of a ‘positive outcome’ from the situation, which would see Henderson remain at the club to feature in all of their remaining fixtures apart from their clash with parent club United.
As a result, Wilder’s men will be at their strongest as they look to pull off the impossible and seal a spot in the Europa League or even the Champions League – potentially at United’s expense.
Currently on 43 points from 28 games, Sheffield United could move to 46 with a victory in their game in hand, which would see them leapfrog United (who have 45 points) into fifth.
Fifth could be enough to seal a spot in the Champions League depending on the result of Manchester City’s appeal of their two-year European ban.
The Citizens are set to meet the Court of Arbitration for Sport between 8-10 June to contest the ruling, but failure to overturn their ban would see England’s final Champions League spot given to whichever side finishes fifth.
Chelsea are fourth with a total of 48 points, so sealing a spot in the top four is still a real possibility for Wilder’s side, and having Henderson in the team will give Sheffield United a major boost for the remainder of the campaign.
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