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Dean Henderson produces a brilliant reflex save to deny Luton Town late equalizer

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Manchester United travelled to Luton Town for their third-round Carabao Cup encounter. Making his debut for the Red Devils, Dean Henderson denied Luton Town an equalizer in the late stages of the game after making a stellar save at his near post. 

Ever since long-time goalkeeper’s David de Gea’s decline between the sticks, a debate has ensued regarding Dean Henderson’s status with the club after the academy graduate had a brilliant season with Premier League side Sheffield United.

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With the scoreboard reading 1-0 in favour of Manchester United, Dean Henderson produced a save of the highest quality in the 81st minute after a relatively quiet outing at the back. Tom Lockyer’s header from a set-piece was kept out by the debutant at the near post with his right glove in a flash. The subsequent effort from Luton Town was kept out as well courtesy of a goal-line clearance by Eric Bailly.

Watch the stellar save right below:

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Apart from Henderson, new signing Donny van de Beek also made his full debut for the club. The match began on a slow note with Manchester United having the majority of the ball. Lacking match fitness with only two matches under their belt so far, Manchester United failed to breach the Luton defence.

The visitors were awarded a penalty right at the brink of the half-time whistle. The spot-kick was converted by Juan Mata who sent the goalkeeper the wrong way.

Towards the end, substitutes Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood opened their accounts for the season to make it 3-0 for the side. This win seals Manchester United’s spot in the next round of the competition where they face the winner between Preston and Brighton.

Henderson has been patient claims Solskjaer

In the build-up to the match, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed that the 23-year-old has been patient with the management. He said:

“Definitely. He’s been waiting patiently for so long,” the manager told us. “Well, you cannot say patiently, because he is very driven. He has a great desire to play for United in goal and finally, now he is getting his first competitive game for us.”

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