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Henderson determined to usurp De Gea as Man Utd starter: I'm working my socks off

Dean Henderson insists he hasn't returned to Manchester United to serve as back-up for David De Gea.

The 23-year-old signed a five-year contract with United last month after two successful loan spells with Sheffield United, and was recently called-up to the England squad for this week's Nations league fixtures against Iceland and Denmark.

And Henderson is not holding back on his ambitions for club and country.

"Obviously I want to play for England and I want to play for Manchester United," said Henderson.

"And so I'm just going to keep working hard every single day, overcoming my little challenges, my little goals and I'm sure one day I'll get to where I want to be.

"Listen, for me with Man United, David de Gea has obviously been a great goalkeeper first and foremost for many years. He's been phenomenal and that's something I aspire to be, to have a career like him at the club.

"So I'll be going back in first day of the pre-season working my socks off to get in that starting line-up, because it's something I've always wanted.

On battling Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope to be England's No1, Henderson added: "I've got two very good goalkeepers here with me and we're all challenging for the No1 shirt.

"And it's obviously something that I aspire to be, so I'm working hard every single day to do what I can do to be classed as Gareth's No1. But I know I've got to get past two very good goalkeepers."

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