After weeks of speculation that he could depart Old Trafford for guaranteed football elsewhere, Henderson committed his long-term future to United this week by signing a new contract until 2025, with the option for a further year.
The 23-year-old has spent the last two seasons on loan at Sheffield United and after helping them earn promotion to the Premier League in his first season he enjoyed a fantastic debut campaign in the top flight in his second.
Henderson finished joint-third in the Golden Glove race after keeping 13 clean sheets, was nominated for the Young Player of the Season award and broke into Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
He has yet to make his debut for the Three Lions but there have been calls for him to replace Jordan Pickford as the first choice and he could earn his first cap in the upcoming Nations League matches against Iceland and Denmark.
There have been similar calls for Henderson to be given an opportunity between the sticks at United, with a portion of supporters growing frustrated over De Gea’s patchy form.
The Spaniard endured a poor campaign with plenty of high-profile errors, namely the two blunders he made which led to United’s defeat in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.
With Henderson appearing set to remain in Manchester this season rather than go out on loan again, there is hope that the added competition will prompt an improvement in De Gea’s form.
But the majority of supporters would like to see the academy graduate become first choice goalkeeper for the coming season.
In a Twitter poll, MEN Sport asked fans: “Following Dean Henderson’s new contract, who should be Manchester United first choice goalkeeper next season?”
Fifty-seven per cent of the 5,571 votes that were cast went to Henderson, with only 43 per cent wanting De Gea to remain as the club’s main goalkeeper.