Build the statue! Man Utd’s Dean Henderson’s tribute to Chris Wilder ahead of Sheffield United exit

Dean Henderson, the Manchester United goalkeeper, has led the tributes to Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder ahead of his likely departure from Bramall Lane.

Saturday, 13th March 2021, 8:23 am

The Blades could announce as early as today that their manager for the last five years has left Bramall Lane

Wilder, a boyhood Blade and former player, led United to two promotions in three years after taking over when the club were languishing in League One.

But his relationship with the Bramall Lane board has broken down further in recent weeks and months, with the lack of backing in the January transfer window a key factor.

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And Henderson, who enjoyed two seasons working under Wilder at Bramall Lane, led the tributes on social media.

“Thank you for everything you did for me,” the goalkeeper wrote, posting a picture of himself celebrating with Wilder during the promotion season from the Championship.

“Don’t ever underestimate what you did for Sheffield United! Can’t wait to see the statue at the Lane.

“Not only a great manager but a great person. Best of luck for the future.”

Chris Wilder with Dean Henderson: James Wilson/Sportimage

Henderson is the first United player to have worked under Wilder, past or present, to have referenced his imminent departure on social media.

The goalkeeper arrived at Bramall Lane having never played higher than League One, but helped United into the Premier League during his first season and then returned for another loan spell in the top flight.

He helped the Blades finish ninth in the Premier League before returning to Old Trafford as an England international and ready to challenge David De Gea for the No.1 shirt.