Roy Keane says Dean Henderson finds himself in a ‘nightmare scenario’ at Manchester United.
The 23-year-old returned to Old Trafford in the summer after a successful two-season loan spell at Sheffield United.
He has since become the Reds’ second choice goalkeeper, with David De Gea’s improved form limiting Henderson’s game time.
Henderson has spoken freely about his need to play, especially with the Euros coming up at the end of the season, and Keane believes the keeper is in a difficult situation.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Keane said it would be difficult to justify Henderson replacing Jordan Pickford as England goalkeeper due to his lack of football.
Yet the United legend said he cannot see his former club sanctioning a loan move for Henderson due to the fact he is still needed to supply cover for De Gea.
“It’s a nightmare scenario for him,” Keane told Sky Sports during coverage of United’s win at Southampton on Sunday.” He wants to play for Man United, of course he does.
“Being in goal for Sheffield United and Man United every week is completely different, but he had to go back. Ole wanted to see him and work with him closely.
“You want to get better by playing the games, you can do all the training sessions you want, but if you’re not playing every week, the kid’s gonna go backwards – and that’s gonna cost him, ultimately.
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“For example, if Pickford has a difficult spell – which he always seems to be, in my eyes – then it’s probably difficult for Gareth to go and pick a goalkeeper who’s not playing regularly.
“It’s a difficult situation for Henderson. Come January, do United really wanna let him go out on loan? I don’t think so, because then they need cover for De Gea in case something happens to him.”