Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has completed a loan move to newly-promoted Premier League side Nottingham Forest.

As confirmed by the club’s official website, Manchester United academy graduate Dean Henderson has departed the club to join Premier League rivals Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan deal.

Henderson has been with Manchester United since the age of 14 but had to wait for his first-team debut for the Red Devils until the 2020/21 campaign. The 25-year-old had successful loan stints away at Shrewsbury Town and Sheffield United before making his maiden appearance for his boyhood club.

Towards the backend of his breakthrough season at Old Trafford, Henderson overtook David de Gea to become Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper. However, an injury and a bout of Covid-19 last summer meant that the English ace was unavailable for the start of the 2021/22 season, allowing de Gea to reclaim his spot in the starting XI.

De Gea displayed brilliant form throughout the campaign, ensuring that Henderson never got a look-in into the lineup. Having grown frustrated with the lack of minutes, the 25-year-old had been keen on leaving Manchester United since January. Having refused to let him leave in January, the Red Devils have now sanctioned an exit, albeit on loan.

Talks with Nottingham Forest had been going on for a while, with an agreement being reached between the two clubs recently. Now the move has been made official, with Henderson moving to the City Grounds for the 2022/23 campaign, where he will look to resurrect his career under manager Steve Cooper.

As confirmed by reliable transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United and Nottingham Forest have not included a buy-option in the loan agreement for Henderson. So, it will only be a dry loan deal, with the 25-year-old set to return to Old Trafford next year, hopefully after enjoying another strong season, to challenge David de Gea for the No. 1 spot.

With Henderson now gone, Manchester United will likely dip their toes in the transfer market for a new goalkeeper to replace him. A move for Watford’s Daniel Bachmann is in the works, while former Red Devil Sergio Romero could make a surprise return to Old Trafford.

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