According to sources, Henderson has finalized a £20 million transfer to Crystal Palace, ending a 12-year tenure at Old Trafford.
According to the Manchester Evening News, all that remains is an official announcement after Henderson signed a contract to move to Selhurst Park.
While the 26-year-old will go relieved that he can fulfill his destiny as a full-time Premier League No.
He will undoubtedly be disappointed that he only made 29 appearances for United when he appeared to be in line for a much larger part.
After two eye-catching loan periods at Sheffield United, Henderson’s time arrived under Solskjaer, who gave him a more important role in the 2020/21 season.
In the later stages of the season, Henderson was starting Premier League games ahead of De Gea, and in the summer of 2021, he was informed that he would be Solskjaer’s first choice in 2021/22.
The Norwegian manager’s prior public prediction of Henderson’s future as United No. 1 fueled speculation that it was his turn to dethrone De Gea.
“It doesn’t matter to me when the season ends. Dean has been in goal for Sheffield United all season, so he should be allowed to finish,” Solskjaer remarked in June 2020.
“It has not been determined where Dean will be next season.” This season has been a fantastic learning experience for him.
“With his performances, he’s done himself some favors and demonstrated that he will be England’s and Manchester United’s no. 1 at some point.”
“It’s not my job to keep the players happy, in or out of the team. It is partially their job to perform and do well.
“Dean has made some great choices over the years and has developed fantastically – and still is.”
However, after Henderson contracted Covid-19 while on England duty at the European Championship, ‘prolonged exhaustion’ meant De Gea started and held his place in the 21/22 season.
Henderson spent the season on the bench, making only five appearances, and destroyed bridges with many United fans after joining Nottingham Forest on loan last season with a tirade on talkSPORT.
Andre Onana’s £47 million arrival this summer cemented Henderson’s fate, and Fenerbahce’s Altay Bayindir is likely to replace him at the same time.