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Henderson takes veiled swipe at Man Utd youngsters over Sheffield Utd loan

Dean Henderson says he doesn't feel like a Manchester United player yet.

The goalkeeper is on loan at Sheffield United and will not be able to play against the Red Devils this weekend.

And Henderson is glad he hasn't stayed at Old Trafford without establishing himself as a first-team player.

He told reporters: "Hopefully I can fulfil the ambition of playing for them one day and why not if I keep going the way I'm going?

"I still don't believe I am a Man United player yet. I still feel I have a lot of work to do to get to that level."

He added on his career path to date: "For me, it was all about getting out on loan and trying something different.

"I always wanted to get out there and prove myself, rather than sit in my comfort zone.

"There are many players who are just happy to sit there and say they are Manchester United players, but realistically you aren't for me until you are in the first team.

"I would like to see more goalkeepers go out into the lower leagues because it would be a big test for them. I've proven I can play in every division.

"The lower down the pyramid, the harder it was to be honest. Stockport was my hardest loan.

"I can still remember making mistakes and it was so difficult. I wanted the ground to open up and swallow me up, but I was only a young kid and I have learnt so much since those early days."

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