Man Utd Player Didn’t Speak With Ten Hag Before Deciding To Join Another Club

Ajax coach Erik ten Hag before the match against Liverpool.

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Erik ten Hag’s first summer in England was always going to be tricky, especially considering the state of squad he inherited at Man Utd.

Profiling the type of recruitment required for the rebuild has been the Dutchman’s priority, as the Red Devils still remain active in the transfer market to bring in new faces at Carrington. Ten Hag has also spent time deciding which players out of the current crop aren’t fit for his project.

However, if Dean Henderson’s recent interview is anything to go by, the former Ajax boss didn’t have a say in the Englishman’s exit.

The England international, who joined Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan earlier this summer, has revealed he didn’t speak to Ten Hag before making the decision.

Henderson told talkSPORT: “No. I didn’t really want the manager to come in and be able to see me in training because I knew he’d probably want to keep me.”

The 25-year-old was seen as a good goalkeeping option for the Dutch coach’s possession based style of football due to his ability on the ball.

But frustrated by the lack of opportunity under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick during the 2021/22 campaign, he made up his mind to leave and was ‘almost gone’ before the new manager came in.

Henderson’s hasty departure has left David de Gea as the undisputed Number 1 at Old Trafford, with Tom Heaton as his understudy.