Dean Henderson the Manchester United keeper who is on loan at Sheffield United admits following a spate of vile abuse he was pushed to breaking point.
The Manchester United youngster has been loaned out to Sheffield United for the second successive season.
Henderson has also earned an England callup following an outstanding season last year in the Championship.
While a solid start to life in the Premier League has not gone unrecognized either.
He was an integral part of Sheffield United’s promotion and likewise in their survival.
However, last year saw him targeted by rival fans. he faced a barrage of vile abuse from fans at the game and online.
The abuse came from Championship and Yorkshire rivals Leeds’ and Sheffield Wednesday fans.
In an interview reported by The Mirror, he describes the unpleasantness that almost pushed him over the edge.
“Certainly last year at Hillsborough and Elland Road, it wasn’t a pleasant time for me or my family because a lot of the accusations were completely horrendous.”
“If it was racism, people would be getting banned from stadiums.”
“For me, coming from a good family, it’s the worse thing you can ever be called.”
“I’d go back to my apartment and think how has this happened to me?”
” Only my girlfriend knew how much it really affected me.”
Henderson insists but for his support network things could have been very different.
“We stuck with it, as a family.”
“So to go there to Elland Road and beat them, after what they were saying about me, that meant the world to me.”
“What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.”
“For me, as a young lad, nobody speaks about having to take that negativity.”
” For a lad of 22, people don’t realize what I went through last season.”