The Nottingham Forest loanee showed no weakness ahead of the first weekend of the 2022/23 Premier League season.
England goalkeeper Dean Henderson has lashed out at Manchester United for the way the club treated him last season.
The 25-year-old joined Nottingham Forest on loan this summer and has now opened what he has described as “the toughest 12 months” of the final season.
Henderson began his senior career with the Red Devils, having previously been in Carlisle United’s academy, but has never established himself as the first choice between the sticks at Old Trafford.
He has enjoyed two loan spells at Sheffield United as well as Shrewsbury Town, Grimsby Town and Stockport County and appeared close to a move to Newcastle United in January this year.
However, that deal didn’t materialize and the England international remained at United as a second choice to David de Gea.
Now he has opened up about the past year and his desire to leave Manchester for first-team football and this is what he has said:
‘I was angry’ – Henderson slams Manchester United’s ‘criminal’ treatment
In conversation with the broadcaster TalkSPORTHenderso spoke about how happy he was to have joined Nottingham Forest on loan this summer but spoke about how difficult the last 12 months have been.
He said: “To be honest, it’s probably been the toughest 12 months of my career.
“It’s been tough, tough and I’m so happy I left the other end.
“I’m so excited to be in Nottingham Forest and ready to go.
“The conversation I had after the Euro squad was, ‘You’re coming back here to be No. 1.’
“I got COVID, came back so I should still have been number 1 but then unfortunately nobody followed what they told me.
“It was frustrating because last summer I turned down so many good loans for this reason and they wouldn’t let me go.
“To sit and waste 12 months is really criminal, at my age I was angry.
“I’ve worked hard off the pitch and on the training ground to improve day by day and now I’m looking forward to the season with Nottingham Forest.
“I didn’t really want the coach to come and see me in training because I knew he probably wants to keep me, so I’ve tried to do everything before I go into the season.
“I told the hierarchy that I have to play football, I don’t want to be here playing second fiddle, it was planned.
“I was almost gone before the manager [Erik ten Hag] came through the door. I haven’t spoken to him since then.
“You may have noticed that I haven’t been able to do an interview in two years,” Henderson added. “It’s obvious, isn’t it?
“I just kept to myself, I tone down in the sense that I don’t have to say anything, I just go and do it in the end.
“There’s nothing wrong with confidence, you have to believe in yourself in this game.
“In this position in particular you probably play the toughest position on the pitch, you have to believe in yourself.
“Maybe when I was younger I said a few things in interviews that maybe I shouldn’t have said, and maybe it was overkill, but it’s all part of learning.”
You can read the original TalkSPORT interview HERE.