Like many goalkeepers before him, Dean Henderson started as an outfield player, on the books of Carlisle United as a schoolboy.
He wasn’t just a footballer, however, and was an accomplished enough cricketer to be noticed at county level. His position? You guessed it: wicket keeper. He’s always been good with his hands…
Joining Manchester United as a 14-year-old, Henderson quickly rose through the ranks and was soon the Under-18s regular goalkeeper, earning a nomination for the club’s prestigious Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award.