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Henderson has been one of the league’s standout goalkeepers (Picture: Getty Images)

Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe believes goalkeeper Dean Henderson will ‘slot right back in’ to the side upon his return from Sheffield United, with an opportunity to claim the No.1 shirt.

The 23-year-old could rival experienced Spaniard David De Gea to be United’s first-choice stopper after impressing on his two-year loan spell at Bramall Lane.

Henderson helped Chris Wilder’s side get back into the Premier League last season, and has carried that good form into the Blades’ push for Europe this campaign.

Tuanzebe captained the young keeper at Under-18 level, and believes he is one of many young and talented players to come through the academy in recent seasons.

‘I think that’s down to the culture of the club,’ he told the Manchester Evening News:

‘At other teams there are a lot of talented players that don’t quite make it and that’s not the culture of their club.

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Henderson will have a tough job competing with De Gea (Picture: Getty Images)

‘We’re fortunate to have such a club that promotes youth and wants their youth to be big players and big stars in the first-team.

‘Obviously we have players with the talent to do so, which we’ve witnessed many times this season. It’s a combination of the two which breed a career.’

Henderson will have to compete with De Gea and back-ups Sergio Romero and Lee Grant if he wants to be involved in the first-team squad, but Tuanzebe backs his teammate to hit the ground running upon his return.

He added: ‘Dean’s a big character and I’m sure when he comes back he’ll just slot right back in and continue from where he left off.

‘He’s doing very well at Sheffield United and it just shows, coming from the academy, he’s demonstrating what he’s learnt and practising it week in, week out.’

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