Dean Henderson's remarkable journey to becoming number one goalkeeper at Manchester United has not simply been handed to him on a plate.

The 24-year-old has this season displaced long-serving David de Gea as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to put his stamp on the United squad in the quest to win a first Premier League title post-Sir Alex Ferguson.

That achievement may be beyond them this season, but there has been a notable change in the guard as the club aim to bridge the gap on Manchester City - close neighbours and champions elect.

Following loan spells at Stockport County, Grimsby Town, Shrewsbury and twice with Sheffield United, the United stopper returned to Old Trafford last summer, having honed his skills across the EFL pyramid.

Landing one of the most high-profile jobs in English football has not strictly been textbook, in that sense.

However, at each of those clubs, Henderson underlined his United credentials with unparalleled confidence which, coupled with international pedigree, ultimately made it impossible for Solskjaer to ignore him any longer.

It's only a matter of time before England have to deal with that particular conundrum, too.

It might be a little too late for Henderson to force his way into Gareth Southgate's starting line-up for the delayed Euro 2020 championships this summer, but his sheer presence around the squad - with Jordan Pickford and Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope - will continue to be felt.

During a two-year stint at Sheffield United, the 24-year-old played every single minute of their promotion-winning push (2018/2019) in the Championship - before he was first introduced to life in the Premier League at Bramall Lane.

A daunting proposition for some, perhaps, but not so for Henderson.

Speaking to BBC Sport about the United star, his goalkeeping coach in South Yorkshire - Darren Ward - moved to explain what sets the Whitehaven man apart.

Ward said: "He sticks his chest out and looks like he's walking around with a couple of tyres under his armpits.

"He bowled into that dressing room as though he'd been there all his career. He settled in really quickly. When you produce the goods out on the grass, you get instant respect. He hit the ground running and backed up his antics with outstanding displays.

"He drives training - he certainly did with our group of goalkeepers. The interactions and the banter he has, the competitiveness of shooting drills and digging centre-forwards out. He has that edge. It's absolutely brilliant and people thrived off it."

Speaking about Henderson's progression during that 24-month spell at Bramall Lane, Ward said: "Physically, he developed. His power, his strength, his flexibility, his agility, his speed. He was right up there with all the testing.

"He's a fantastic specimen.

"He kept a quieter goal. Not as erratic. He became more focused in terms of what was important to him tactically. Where he stood in the goal. That gave him the opportunity to make more of the saves that he's become renowned for."