Manchester United fans have praised Dean Henderson after his performance against AC Milan in the Europa League draw.
The young keeper was not tested thoroughly in a direct sense as the defense held on, but it was all the other things he did that put everything at ease.
Henderson certainly made at least one remarkable save, but what fans appreciated was how often he relieved pressure from his defenders.
The talented Englishman is adept at claiming the ball from dangerous crosses and comfortable rushing out of his line to sweep away any balls that are played behind his defense.
These two aspects in particular are not something of the first choice that David de Gea does often and therefore fans appreciated Henderson even more for it.
Henderson comes in for balls instead of letting defenders take care of things is SO helpful.
– UtdArena (@utdarena) March 18, 2021
I’m not a huge fan of Victor Lindelöf and Harry Maguire as a partnership with CB, but there’s no doubt about that now that they’re much better off with Dean Henderson behind them. All 3 were still very good tonight.
– Ryan. 🔴 (@Vintage_Utd) March 18, 2021
Dean Henderson – absolutely fantastic.
– Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) March 18, 2021
This is Lindelöf’s best performance in a Manchester United shirt. He was absolutely exceptional. Maguire too.
I’m sure many won’t agree, but for me they’ve both been so much better with Henderson behind them.
– Jordan (@FourFourJordan) March 18, 2021
Henderson feels so much more solid / reliable. Hasn’t been and probably won’t be pulling out a DDG-saved highlight reel, but you trust him to handle whatever he’s supposed to do, and that’s fine … relaxing
– Adroit Cadet (@Adroit_Cadet) March 18, 2021
Brilliant victory for Utd. Big goal from a guy we missed and I never thought I’d say it in September. A guy who has been criticized for his contributions to big games, so thank him where it’s due today. Henderson also looked like a Utd keeper tonight. Very happy.
– Pilib De Brún (Phil Brown) (@Malachians) March 18, 2021
There’s a growing theory that Henderson isn’t great just because of the type of goalie he is, but also because of how he tends to improve the appearance of defenders ahead of him.
It looks like the academy’s product covers all the weaknesses in the defense, leaving Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, who have come under frequent criticism this season, to gain a lot of praise themselves.
Suddenly the Manchester United defense has looked reassured lately and that may be a coincidence or because of the inclusion of Henderson.
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