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Manchester United fans hail Dean Henderson show

by Marwan Harraz

Manchester United fans have showered Dean Henderson with praise following his performance vs AC Milan in the Europa League tie.

The young goalkeeper wasn’t thoroughly tested in a direct sense as the defence held firm but it was all the other things he did that reassured all.

Henderson certainly pulled off at least one remarkable save but what supporters appreciated was how often he relieved pressure from his deefenders.

The talented Englishman is skilled with claiming the ball from dangerous crosses and comfortable at rushing off his line to sweep up any balls that are played in behind his defence.

These two aspects in particular isn’t something first-choice David de Gea does often and so fans were even more appreciative of Henderson for it.

There’s a growing theory Henderson isn’t great just because of the type of goalkeeper he is but also because of how he tends to make the defenders ahead of him look better.

It seems the academy product covers up any weaknesses the defence currently has, leaving Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, who have been often criticised this season, to gain plenty of praise themselves too.

Suddenly Manchester United’s defence has looked reassured of late and it can either be a coincidence or because of Henderson’s inclusion.

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