England internationals Dean Henderson and Marcus Rashford came through the ranks together at Manchester United and the goalkeeper is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest.
Dean Henderson has revealed Marcus Rashford is the hardest striker of the ball he’s faced in Manchester United training.
Henderson, who is currently on loan at Premier League rivals Nottingham Forest, and Rashford came through the ranks at Old Trafford together and have been teammates since 2011 when the goalkeeper, 25, joined the club. Rashford, 24, first signed for United in 2005.
Both players were added to United’s first-team squad during the 2015-16 campaign when Rashford famously scored eight goals in 18 appearances under Louis van Gaal to make a name for himself – winning the FA Cup and earning a spot in England’s Euro 2016 squad.
That means Henderson has faced a number of big-name forwards at United’s Carrington training ground – including Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney, Memphis Depay, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Jesse Lingard and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Yet Henderson insists Rashford is the moth ruthless in training. The forward certainly knows where the goal is, scoring 96 in 309 games for United – including three in his first six Premier League outings this season. He also has 12 goals for England.
“Either Harry Kane or Marcus Rashford,” Henderson told Sky Sports when asked who is the hardest hitter of a ball he’s faced. “Rashford can slap it, mate. Marcus will be eight yards away, he won’t care you’re in the way, he’ll just slap it straight at you.
“You can’t even move. You want to get out of the way, but you can’t get out of the way. It stings so much, especially in the winter time! He just doesn’t care about the goalies, I’ll be honest! Not a nice feeling sometimes.”
Henderson is looking to get his career back on track after a difficult couple of years at Old Trafford. The goalkeeper became an England international after impressive loan spells with Stockport County, Grimsby Town, Shrewsbury Town and Sheffield United.
He returned to Old Trafford in the summer of 2020 to fight for his place and played 26 games the following season, yet featured only three times under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick last term, seeing him dropped from the England squad.
Henderson is playing regularly again this season, starting all seven of their Premier League outings. Yet he has a lot of work to do if he’s to break into the World Cup squad – with Aaron Ramsdale, Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope all impressing for their respective clubs.
“I think I’m behind at the minute,” added Henderson. “Obviously, last season not playing so much and the other lads have done unbelievably well. I knew the best chance to do that was to come out and play football and being in Gareth Southgate’s eye and hopefully leaving a good impression.”
Henderson continued: “The talent in the group is something you really want to be part of. I honestly think England could win something big, soon. We obviously got close and are going to get closer. The players coming through just seem to be better.”