The 22-year-old shone at Bramall Lane this season as helped the Blades secure promotion from the Championship.
Henderson was a pivotal part of Chris Wilder’s side as they finished second in the table, conceding a joint-league low of 41 goals along the way.
The shot-stopper’s situation ahead of the 2019/20 campaign is up in the air as he is unlikely to get much game time at all at Old Trafford.
Talk of David de Gea potentially departing for the likes of PSG or Juventus has quietened, despite his contract remaining unresolved for now.
United’s No.1 endured a poor end to the season in terms of his form but the Spain international is still world-class and Solskjaer’s undoubted first choice between the sticks.
Argentina international Sergio Romero, 32, is still a strong experienced option as a back-up too and is tied down at Old Trafford until 2021.
As a result, Solskjaer admits Henderson may well benefit from rejoining Sheffield United for their first season back in the top flight.
The news around Henderson’s future comes as:
- Solskjaer’s top transfer target this summer is revealed
- Angel Gomes considers his future at the club after Solskjaer criticism
- Starsport explains why Man Utd could still qualify for the Champions League this season
“A year in the Premier League, for him that might be the best thing”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
It would provide the keeper with a step up, continue his progression and allow him to flourish in familiar surroundings in Sheffield under Wilder.
Given the Blades’ main aim will be to stave off relegation next term, Henderson would also be in for a busy year in goal at Bramall Lane.
Solskjaer has discussed the possibility and has given the green light to the idea it seems.
“Let’s see what we do with Dean,” the United boss said. “He obviously won promotion with Sheffield United and that’s been fantastic for him.
“If he plays a year in the Premier League, for him that might be the best thing.”
Manchester United have no intention of selling Henderson, who is poised for a bright future in the game.
But a loan exit is on the cards, with Solskjaer preparing to axe a number of players from his first-team squad on a permanent basis.
The Red Devils are set for an overhaul this summer following their miserable campaign and failure to qualify for the Champions League.
Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia are already off as their contracts expire, while Juan Mata is set to follow suit.
The likes of Eric Bailly, Alexis Sanchez, Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian could all be sold.
Meanwhile at Sheffield United, Wilder is also considering re-signing striker Scott Hogan on loan from Aston Villa.
He managed just one goal in a four-month spell at Bramall Lane but is rated by the Blades boss as support for Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick.
Up front, Sheffield United are also understood to be looking at Brentford goal machine Neal Maupay and Swansea star Oli McBurnie.
MANCHESTER UNITED goalkeeper Dean Henderson is set to be their first departure deal of the summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer approves the idea of a return to Sheffield United on loan.