The Red Devils had gone into the game on the back of successive 0-0 stalemates in the Europa League and Premier League, and the streak continued with another poor attacking display.
Barring one shot from Bruno Fernandes in the first-half, they fluffed their lines and could not test the Palace goalkeeper.
In the end, they could have quite easily lost the game if it was not for the late heroics from Henderson.
The 23-year-old was chosen between the sticks with regular first-choice David de Gea absent due to personal reasons.
He came to the club’s rescue in the 89th minute, advancing from his goal-line to block a shot from Patrick van Aanholt.
In August 2019, Van Aanholt scored from a similar position against de Gea which turned out to be the winning goal, but he was denied by Henderson this time around, much to the relief of some supporters.
Here are a few reactions on Twitter.
Would be a huge mistake if we let go off Dean Henderson this summer, man. Was an embarrassing result + performance anyway but he’s saved us from an even further embarrassment right at the end there with that save. Top goalkeeper. 👍
— Ryan. 🔴 (@Vintage_Utd) March 3, 2021
Big testament to Dean Henderson's concentration there.
He's had nothing to do all game & produces that in the final minute.
— ً (@utdrobbo) March 3, 2021
Dean Henderson kept a crucial clean sheet, very good save at the end there. We defended well if we're being honest, as a unit. But the front 6/4 didn't create enough, even with the fog. There's still room for improvement and it isn't as bad as people make out, yet it could…(2)
— Tom (@Utd_Optimist) March 3, 2021
One positive from tonight's game: Dean Henderson. Nothing to do for 89 minutes then makes a huge save to save a point at the end. That's what being a Manchester United keeper is all about. He's got a future here.#MUFC
— Danni (@MUFClogical) March 3, 2021
Dean Henderson what a save !! Just saved us even more embarrassment 👏🏼 #MUFC
— Nathan Tansley (@tansley_nathan) March 3, 2021
Henderson has been the club’s cup goalkeeper this term, with de Gea starting in the Premier League.
The Spaniard is doubtful to face Manchester City this weekend, and Henderson may have another testing challenge against Europe’s most in-form side.
There has been plenty of talk that Henderson could move on this summer with his desire to play regular football and push for the number one role with England. Only time will tell where his future lies.
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