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David de Gea and Dean Henderson inspiring Manchester United youngsters

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David de Gea and Dean Henderson regularly offer nuggets of advice to Manchester United’s younger goalkeepers and are an ‘inspiration’ to many at the club.

That is according to United’s Under-23s goalkeeper Paul Woolston, who revealed that Henderson in particular has shown a pathway for others to follow.

Henderson is now challenging De Gea for the No.1 keeper’s spot at Old Trafford after two excellent seasons on loan at Sheffield United. The homegrown product previous had loan spells at Stockport County, Grimsby and Shrewsbury Town.

“Dean has done briliant. He’s been there and done it, had a lot of success everywhere he’s been,” Woolston told MEN Sport after featuring in the U23s victory over Everton on Friday night.

“It’s good to see two very good keepers pushing each other every day, to make them better. Dean’s story is something you look at as a keeper. He’s rose up every challenge he comes across, he succeeds.”

Woolston relishes working with such high calibre teammates at United and is a particularly strong goalkeeping department that includes Lee Grant, Nathan Bishop and Ondrej Mastny, as well as De Gea and Henderson.

He added: “It’s the biggest club in the world Manchester United, so they’re always going to attract the best players. But it only pushes yourself to improve, to learn from David: ‘he does this, how can I take that into my game?’.

“You only have to look at the quality when I first came here. Everyone at the club is very welcoming but it’s a fight, and I love a fight.

“All the time, they’re always there if you’ve got any questions. They’re just normal people at the end of the day and they soon make you feel very welcome. You just look at the things he [De Gea] does and the career he’s had, and Dean’s only just getting started. It can only improve me as a person and a keeper.”

Sunderland-born Woolston also had a message for academy newcomer Joe Hugill, who has impressed for the Under-23s since his arrival from the Black Cats in the summer.

Striker Hugill, 17, is highly rated and Woolston believes he is set up for success at United.

“He’s settled in really really well,” said the goalkeeper. “He’s still a young lad but he’s done brilliant, he’s scoring goals and he doesn’t look out of place. I’ve been there moving away from home, it’s a bit of a challenge even though it’s not far, it’s a different environment and he hasn’t been phased by it at all.

“It’s good having another lad from where I’m from, understanding each other’s culture and how we are.”

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