Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given Sheffield United the green light to keep loan star Dean Henderson for the rest of the season.
Henderson, 23, was due to return to Manchester United on July 1 when his second season-long loan spell ends.
Blades boss Chris Wilder spoke to Solskjaer about extending Henderson’s stay at Bramall Lane and the United manager has agreed to let the former England Under-21 goalkeeper continue his development with them.
Wilder said: “I spoke to Ole yesterday morning. He was up and about at the training ground preparing his team.
“I thanked him for his co-operation with Dean. We are in process in the next couple of days of finalising Dean staying with us to the end of the season.
“The manager was brilliant and he always has been with me and the football club.
“He was very pro Dean staying and in favour of what we have done for Dean in terms of the opportunities we have given Dean to play Premier League football.
“Dean has been hugely involved in our performances and results over the last two years and we’ve been delighted with him.”
Wilder has also had talks with Solskjaer about re-signing Henderson on loan next season for a third campaign.
The Cumbrian has been outstanding for the Blades and only Nick Pope can better his 10 Premier League clean sheets.
“We’ve had initial early conversations,” said Wilder. “Of course we would be open to Dean coming back, but I have got huge respect for Manchester United and the football club.
“He is Manchester United’s player so Manchester United will make that decision, what is best for themselves, in conjunction with Dean.
“From our point of view, if there was an opportunity we would love to take that up.”