Dean Henderson smokes at Man Utd’s 12-month ‘criminal waste’ and reveals Erik ten Hag snub

Dean Henderson has admitted he couldn’t wait to leave Manchester United this summer after criticizing the club for making false promises and a ‘criminal’ waste of the last 12 months of his career.

Henderson – who was loaned out to Nottingham Forest for a season last month – revealed he was ‘smoking’ from the way United treated him last summer.

The England goalkeeper said he was promised the No. 1 jersey over David De Gea going last season, only to contract the coronavirus and end up spending the entire campaign on the substitutes’ bench after turning down loans.

And Henderson revealed he had no interest in talking to new United manager Erik ten Hag before joining Forest, as he didn’t want anything to get in the way of a summer exit.

“No [I didn’t speak to Ten Hag]Henderson told talkSPORT. “I didn’t really want the manager to come in and see me in training because I knew he would probably want to keep me.

“I’ve tried to do it all [secure a loan move] before I left for the summer. I told the hierarchy I had to play football. I don’t want to play second fiddle here. I almost left before the manager came in and I haven’t spoken to him since.”

Henderson also made no attempt to hide his anger over his treatment by United’s former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the club last summer.

“The conversation I had when I got out of the Euro [2020] squad, was ‘You come back here to be the number one goalkeeper,'” he said. “I got Covid – then I come back so I should still have been number 1 but unfortunately no one followed through on everything they told me.

“It was also frustrating because that’s why I turned down so many good loans last summer [the promise of the No 1 spot]and they wouldn’t let me go.

“Sitting there and wasting 12 months is really criminal at my age. I was smoking. It’s probably been the hardest 12 months of my career. It’s been hard and I’m so glad I’m out the other side now and I’m so excited to be here [at Forest] and ready to go.”

Sevilla are in talks about a possible loan for United left-back Alex Telles, who is redundant at Old Trafford.


Man City look left back Sergio Gomez after withdrawal from Marc Cucurella talks

By James Ducker

Manchester City are in talks about a deal for young Anderlecht left-back Sergio Gomez but are still looking for a more experienced defender in that position after pulling the plug on a transfer for Marc Cucurella.

City view Gomez as a promising talent and are hoping to close a deal for the Spain Under-21 left-back.

But Pep Guardiola remains keen to add a more tried-and-true left-back to his roster, with Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo being the only recognized senior fullbacks currently available to him following Oleksandr Zinchenko’s departure to Arsenal.

City wanted to take over Cucurella but withdrew from a deal with Brighton who were unwilling to lower the Spanish defender’s valuation below £50million, who is now nearing a transfer to Chelsea. The Premier League champions were reluctant to pay more than £40 million.

Gomez, 21, who started his career with Barcelona, ​​joined from Borussia Dortmund at Anderlecht last year and enjoyed an impressive loan season with the Belgian club under former City captain Vincent Kompany.

Sheffield United are close to announcing a season deal for James McAtee after beating stiff competition to sign City’s highly regarded England Under-21 attacking midfielder.

McAtee, 19 – who has been at the center of a tug-of-war between Premier League and Championship clubs over his signature this summer – underwent a medical at Bramall Lane on Tuesday before the move.

But Sheffield United emerged as the frontrunner for Leeds and Bournemouth, with manager Paul Heckingbottom making a final impression on McAtee, who was also impressed with the lead role his team-mate Morgan Gibbs-White enjoyed on loan for England under 21 at Bramall Lane last year. season.

Gibbs-White has scored 11 goals in 35 league games on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers as the Blades narrowly missed promotion to the Premier League after their semi-final defeat to Nottingham Forest and Heckingbottom sees McAtee as the ideal replacement.

The decision to let McAtee leave on loan was driven primarily by a desire to get the teenager as many minutes on the pitch as possible next season and all parties believe his interests should be well served under Heckingbottom over the next 12 months.

Leicester, Southampton and Brighton all wanted to sign McAtee permanently, but City were only willing to consider a loan from the midfielder who is considered the latest jewel in the club’s academy.

Leeds were interested in a loan deal with an option to buy McAtee next summer, but that was also turned down as City wanted to bring him fully into the first team under Pep Guardiola next season.

McAtee made six substitutions in the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup for City last season and is regarded as one of the most talented youngsters to emerge from their academy since Phil Foden.

Like Foden, McAtee is left footed with plenty of vision, creativity, dribbling ability and eye for goal.

Liam Delap is also expected to loan City this month to Stoke City – for whom his father, Rory, played for six years between 2007 and 2013 – are emerging as the current favorites to sign the England Under-19 striker.

Southampton had rejected a £16million offer for Delap last month and the 19-year-old has sparked interest from a host of other clubs, including Burnley, where Kompany is now manager.

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