Man Utd goalkeeper Dean Henderson has had a successful spell on loan with Sheffield United this season but his stay at the club is set to end on June 30.
Henderson will be absent from Old Trafford that day, unable to play for the Blades against his parent club as per the season-long loan deal agreed by the two clubs, but he might also still be unclear whether his stay at Bramall Lane will extend for the rest of this disrupted season, or for only another six days.
The original loan deal took Henderson until June 30, as every season-long loan deal in the Premier League tends to. Yet as we now know the 2019/20 season is no ordinary campaign.
This season has been on hold for three months and will only resume in six days’ time, with Sheffield United’s game in hand against Aston Villa. The coronavirus outbreak means the Premier League season won’t finish until July 26, with the FA Cup final scheduled for August 1.
For Sheffield United it could be a momentous end to the season, even if their fans won’t be allowed in to see it. Win their game in hand at Villa Park on Wednesday, June 17 and they will go above United into fifth in the Premier League, while they also have a home FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal on the last weekend of June.
Yet that success, much of it built on the foundation Henderson has provided with 10 clean sheets, could complicate the decision on whether the Manchester United goalkeeper finishes the season with Chris Wilder’s side, or returns to Old Trafford at the start of July.