Henderson was on loan at Conference North Stockport earlier this campaign but was recalled in February after David de Gea picked up a knee injury.
The 19-year-old was then named on Louis van Gaal‘s senior side for the first time when he sat on the bench during the 3-0 FA Cup victory over Shrewsbury Town as cover for Sergio Romero and speaking about his chances, he admits he’s got a long way to go but is keen to try.
“I’ve got the same ambitions as the boys at United, one hundred per cent. With the goalkeeping situation, it’ll take a few more years. Obviously David is the best in the world, and at the moment I’m learning a lot from him,” he said.
“Marcus and Tim are really good friends of mine, and my ambition is to be in that first team alongside them. The goalkeeping coach from United is always coming to watch my games, and we’re always looking at where I can improve.
“I’m learning all the time, playing in front of big crowds, and I’m massively grateful to Stockport for the opportunity to do that.”
Starting off as an outfield player, Henderson has done extremely well to progress through the ranks. He trained with Victor Valdes before the Spaniard joined Standard Liege on loan and has regularly studied De Gea in action since he arrived at Old Trafford. This year, he
Van Gaal has done a excellent job of promoting the youth with the likes of Jesse Lingard, Rashford and Fosu-Mensah have flourished since they were given the opportunity but Henderson now has Joel Castro Pereira, Sam Johnstone and Kieran O’Hara to compete with. If he can work his way into the first-team, he’ll then have to prove he’s better than Romero if he wants to be considered as a back-up for De Gea but who knows, maybe neither keeper will be here in a couple of years time.
With George Dorrington leaving United this summer, it gives Henderson a little bit of breathing space and at 19 he’s got plenty of development left to do but with big ambitions of getting into the first-team, it’s a long road ahead for Henderson.