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Jack Butland having medical at Man Utd after Dean Henderson recall considered

Jack Butland is set to have a medical with Manchester United on Thursday after the club opted not to recall Dean Henderson from his loan move.

The Crystal Palace goalkeeper, 29, is expected to complete a loan deal to Old Trafford until the end of the season.

United had loaned in Newcastle’s Martin Dubravka at the start of the campaign but were left short of options when he was recalled back to the north east club this month. And so Erik ten Hag has decided to make Butland his back-up to no.1 option David de Gea.

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Butland is yet to make an appearance for Patrick Vieira’s Palace side this season. His current contract at Selhurst Park is set to expire in the summer.

The goalkeeper, who has nine England caps, was in Gareth Southgate’s 2018 World Cup squad but has played just 10 league games since joining Palace in 2020. He has not been a Premier League regular since his last season at Stoke City, where he enjoyed the best spell of his career.

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According to The Athletic, United initially considered recalling Henderson from his season-long loan with Nottingham Forest instead of signing Butland. But the Red Devils hierarchy felt the shot-stopper was best placed at the City Ground this season.

Henderson repeatedly took aim at United last year over his lack of game time, claiming he was given “false promises” regarding his spot in the first team. And the 25-year-old recently issued another thinly-veiled dig at the Old Trafford club.

“The first few games [this season] were difficult when I didn’t play last season but it’s been great to play as often as I have so far. I’m relatively happy with my form overall," he said.

“It is hard to be perfect every single game but I’ve had some big moments. I’d like to think I have contributed to the team picking up a few points. I’m really enjoying it here.”

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