Man Utd facing moral dilemma over on-loan goalkeeper Dean Henderson

Manchester United are facing a moral dilemma over goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

The England Under-21 stopper has been hugely impressive on loan at Sheffield United again this season, keeping 10 clean sheets as part of the Premier League's second meanest defence.

Henderson's performances for the Blades have helped guide them to within just two points of fifth-place United and a potential spot in the Champions League.

Few at Old Trafford would have predicted Sheffield United's surge up the Premier League since their promotion last summer would have them battling for European places.

Henderson is one of eight players loaned from one Premier League club to another whose contract runs out on June 30.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent 'Project Restart', the season is now set to go beyond that date.

And that leaves the Red Devils with a major decision to make – do the agree to let Henderson extend with the Yorkshire club?

That could potentially prove hugely costly, should they be pipped to a Champions League spot by Chris Wilder's men.

The FA and EFL are in favour of loans being extended if players and temporary clubs agree a deal, but the Premier League have stated that parent clubs must agree to an extension.

A number of fixtures will need to be played after 30 June – and the expiry of existing loan deals – leaves the Blades with a nervous wait over their No.1.

Should Manchester United block the extension, it would be a huge blow to Sheffield United's hopes of achieving a remarkable qualification for European competition.

As such, the Blades will be hoping that Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sanctions an extension which will allow Henderson to remain at Bramall Lane.

With David de Gea in no mood to step aside as United's No.1, United are potentially looking to keep Henderson out on loan again next season, with the Blades an ideal landing spot once again.

That furthers the intrigue.

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