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Man Utd star Dean Henderson feared Liverpool howler would ruin his career

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Dean Henderson feared his Manchester United career was over (Picture: YouTube)

Goalkeeper Dean Henderson says he feared his Manchester United career was ‘done’ after his high-profile howler against Liverpool while on loan at Sheffield United.

Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Premier League champions Liverpool at the start of last season, with Henderson spilling Georginio Wijnaldum’s tame effort into the net.

It was a rare blip during Henderson’s two-year stint at Bramall Lane but the 24-year-old thought at the time that the mistake might put an end to his career at Old Trafford.

Henderson quickly recovered from the blunder and went on to enjoy an impressive season before returning to Manchester United last summer and signing a new contract with the club.

‘From the journey I’ve been on for the last five or six years, no one has handed me anything,’ Henderson told the UMM YouTube channel.

‘I knew if I was going to do it, I would have to do it the hard way. I had a goalkeeper at the time [David de Gea] who was probably the best in the world so I knew sitting at Manchester United, I couldn’t physically break through as I would just be seen as the young lad.

‘So I had to go out on loan and I had to perform and do well. It was about having the resilience to bounce back all the time.

Henderson let in a howler last season against Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

‘After the Liverpool game last season when I dropped a howler through my legs, I sort of thought, “my Manchester United career is gone now because it’s against Liverpool.”

‘But then there’s another game around the corner and you always get the opportunity to come again and I think I got three clean sheets and three Player of the Match awards after that.

‘But the week leading up to the next game after a mistake, it’s tough, it’s tough. You think you’ve let yourself down, it’s not a nice feeling. But you’ve got to turn the switch in your head and go again.’

Henderson has played back-up to De Gea for most of the 2020-21 campaign but was handed an opportunity to impress when the Spanish returned home to be at the birth of his child.

The former Sheffield United loanee has proved a dependable presence for Manchester United and has been tipped to replace De Gea as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper for next season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are currently second in the Premier League and face Brighton at Old Trafford on Sunday.

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