Nobody should doubt Dean Henderson’s belief that he can claim the first-team goalkeeping jersey at Manchester United.

That is the view of one of the men who plays a key part in the Cumbrian’s progress at Old Trafford.

Les Parry, the Premier League giants’ academy player performance manager, says the way Henderson has developed as a result of a series of loan moves is the perfect example to others.

The Whitehaven man, currently with the England squad ahead of tonight’s game against Denmark, is hoping to unseat David de Gea in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team this season.

It follows an impressive first top-flight season spent on loan with Sheffield United.

Parry told the Man Utd website: “If you could put a loan strategy up for a player that worked, this would be it, because he wanted non-league experience [at Stockport] and then a year in League Two with Grimsby.

“He wanted a year in League One with Shrewsbury and then a year in the Championship with Sheffield United.

“Now he’s been playing in the Premier League and it’s all gone like clockwork.

“The reason for that is he is single minded. He knows what he wants. We all know him and we all love him.

“He is very, very single minded. He thinks, one day, he will be the Manchester United number one goalkeeper and let’s not doubt him.”

Henderson came through Carlisle's academy before leaving for Old Trafford at 14, and the Blues will also be keeping a close eye on the 23-year-old's progress, with a financial benefit understood to be due to the Cumbrians if Henderson plays for Solskjaer's first team.