Dean Henderson says he plans to dislodge David de Gea as Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper – THIS season.
The 23-year-old signed a new long-term contract with the Red Devils last month after five successive loan spells away from Old Trafford.
His two most recent stints came at Sheffield United, whom he helped establish in the Premier League with 13 clean sheets last term.
De Gea’s form has come into question over the past two seasons, while Henderson flourished with the Blades.
It remains to be seen which goalkeeper Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will choose as his No.1 for the start of new campaign, but Henderson has warned he will not be content warming the bench.
Henderson, who joined the club as a youngster in 2011, said: “Look, 100 per cent the aim is for me to play football next season and I don’t think I want to be not playing after last season, coming off a good season with momentum.
“It wouldn’t be clever for me to sit around and not play football, I don’t think it would help any parties at all.
“Listen, for me with Man United, David de Gea has obviously been a great goalkeeper first and foremost for many years and he’s been phenomenal.
“That’s something I aspire to be, to have a career like him at the club – so I’ll be going back in on the first day of pre-season working my socks off to get in that starting line-up.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted. I’m so close now so I’m not going to give up – I’m going to put the pressure on. I respect David. He’s been a phenomenal servant for the football club.
“I feel like a new signing at Man United. I haven’t been in the building for five years. I’ve had a lot of time away. So I’m not too sure what the atmosphere is like.”