Dean Henderson.

Henderson makes Champions League debut

Wednesday 04 November 2020 21:16

Manchester United keeper Dean Henderson made his Champions League debut in the tie at Istanbul Basaksehir.

The homegrown Red has earned his third first-team appearance for the club, following a couple of outings in the Carabao Cup earlier in the campaign.

He returned from a successful loan at Sheffield United during the close season and was named in the latest England squad.

The 23-year-old does have some prior European experience with United after appearing in the UEFA Youth League.

During the 2015/16 season, he set up a penalty for Marcus Rashford, who scored a hat-trick in the 5-0 victory over RB Leipzig last week, with a quick throw-out to the striker in a game against Wolfsburg at Leigh Sports Village.

Axel Tuanzebe was also part of Nicky Butt's squad and he started at the heart of the defence in Turkey, alongside skipper Harry Maguire.

Tim Fosu-Mensah is another who has progressed, as he is one of the substitutes at the Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium.

It must have been a proud moment for Dean and his family as he took to the field in Istanbul, but he had no chance with either goal in the 2-1 defeat.

Dean Henderson was left exposed as the hosts scored twice in the first half.

"Dean’s ready for it, definitely, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told MUTV before the game. "He’s been training really well, he played well in the games he played at the start of the season.

“He’s improved and matured really well in the few months he’s been here."