Dean Henderson completes season-long loan switch to Nottingham Forest

Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has completed his season-long loan switch to Nottingham Forest.

Having made headway in his battle with David De Gea to become number one at Old Trafford during the 2020-21 season, the 25-year-old played second fiddle last term.

Henderson’s issues after contracting Covid-19 in pre-season did not help the homegrown goalkeeper in that fight in a campaign that ended with just three United appearances across all competitions.

The goalkeeper has now joined promoted Forest in search of regular first-team football, having flourished between the sticks during previous loan spells at Sheffield United between 2018 and 2020.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be joining such a fantastic club with an amazing set of fans and a wonderful history,” Henderson said. “I want to thank the manager and owners at Nottingham Forest for the great opportunity to play for this club in their first season back in the Premier League.

“I’m really excited to work with everyone at the club from the manager, players and goalkeeper coach Danny Alcock.

“Finally, just a massive thank you to the fans for the welcome I have received and I can’t wait to celebrate some brilliant moments together this coming season.”

The PA news agency understands the agreement does not include an option to buy, with Forest covering his wages for the duration of the loan.

Dean Henderson's last appearance came in Manchester United's FA Cup exit to Middlesbrough on February 4
Dean Henderson’s last appearance came in Manchester United’s FA Cup exit to Middlesbrough on February 4 (Martin Rickett/PA)

England international Henderson cannot play against United as part of the terms of the agreement that manager Steve Cooper is delighted to have got over the line.

“Dean is a top-class goalkeeper and he’s hungry for more opportunities to play and to continue to prove himself at the highest level,” the Forest head coach said.

“He’s played multiple times in the Premier League but has also experienced the Champions League and international football.

“Again, Dean is someone who has attracted a lot of interest from other clubs and we’re delighted that he has chosen to join Nottingham Forest for our return to the Premier League.”