Henderson told to "grow up" and "have some backbone" following Man Utd interview

Dean Henderson has been told to "grow up" and "have some backbone" following his explosive Manchester United interview.

The England goalkeeper is currently on loan at newly-promoted Nottingham Forest from the Red Devils after struggling for opportunities in the first team last season. Ahead of the start of the new campaign, though, Henderson has criticised the treatment he has received from United in the past and admitted he was left "fuming" by his parent club.

However, he has faced a backlash following his interview, with former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan hitting out at Henderson and labelling him a "child".

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Reacting to the interview on talkSPORT, Jordan explained: “At the end of the day, you are only as good as your performances, and you have a right to express your disappointment.

“But where he has gone over the line… to pee on people’s parade and turn it into a situation where everybody is supposed to feel sorry for Henderson because he wasn’t able to displace De Gea.

“He, not anybody else, was not able to displace De Gea. Basically, what he is saying is that if he went in goal and stunk the place out, because he was told at the beginning of the season he was guaranteed No1, he should’ve been ad infinitum ad nauseam.

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“Oh grow up you child! You are at a fabulous football club, being paid a fabulous amount of money. It is disappointing he didn’t get any games last year, but get on with it, grow some backbone and don’t do a ridiculous interview seeming to elicit sympathy from anybody.”

Henderson made just three first team appearances for United last season, with none of them coming in the league. He also played for the club's under-23 side on two occasions as he played understudy to David de Gea.

The 25-year-old's game time was also limited by United's early exits from both domestic cup competitions. Speaking to talkSPORT, Henderson had revealed: "To be quite honest with you, it's probably been the toughest 12 months of my career. It's been tough, it's been hard and I'm so happy I've come out the other end of it now.

"The conversation I had, coming out of the [England] Euros squad, was that you're coming back here to be the No1 goalkeeper. I got Covid, then unfortunately no one followed through with anything they told me.

"It's frustrating as well, because I turned so many good loans down last summer for that reason and they wouldn't let me go. To sit there and waste 12 months is criminal, really, at my age. I was fuming."

Henderson will hope to make his Forest debut this weekend as the club makes it's Premier League return away to Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon. It would also be Henderson's first league appearance since May 2021.


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