Dean Henderson has thrown down the gauntlet in his battle with David de Gea and is convinced he will become Manchester United ’s number one.

Henderson has signed a new five-year deal with United but will clearly not accept a back-up role at Old Trafford.

Asked if he knows he cannot become England’s first choice if he is a number two at his club, Henderson said: “100 percent. 100 percent I accept that. But that won’t … (happen).”

And that means if he cannot get ahead of De Gea when the new season starts, the 23-year-old will soon push for another loan move to a Premier League rival.

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Henderson has thrown down the gauntlet to De Gea

“I don’t think I want to be not playing after coming off a good season with momentum,” Henderson said. “It wouldn’t be clever for me to sit around and not play football. I don’t think it would help any parties at all.

“I’ll be going back on the first day of the pre-season working my b******s off to get in that starting line-up because it’s something I’ve always wanted.

“I’m so close now so I’m not going to give up - I’m going to put the pressure on.”

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De Gea has made a string of high-profile errors in the past couple of seasons but has a contract at Old Trafford that runs until 2023.

Following his successful spell with Sheffield United, Henderson is pushing for a first senior cap as England take on Iceland and Denmark in a Nations League double-header.