Ralf Rangnick has admitted that Dean Henderson wants to leave Manchester United for more regular time.

When asked about Henderson at his pre-game press conference prior to Saturday’s clash with Aston Villa, Rangnick said he had told Henderson that he did not want to let him go.

Rangnick said he was impressed with Henderson in training this week and with United still in three competitions he would like to keep three goalkeepers.

It remains to be seen whether Rangnick will soften his stance over the course of the January window, but it looks like Henderson is going nowhere.

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“Well, I told him that I want him to stay because he’s a fantastic goalkeeper,” said Rangnick when asked about Henderson’s current situation.

“In yesterday’s training session he still had a couple of fantastic saves. I really enjoy having him on board as one of three top goalkeepers.

“I can totally understand that he wants to play because he is at an age when he should play regularly as a goalkeeper.

“On the other hand, we’re still in three competitions, we need the three goalkeepers we have right now. I told him that, but on the other hand I can understand his wish to get playing time elsewhere in the Premier League. “

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Is Rangnick taking the right posture?

On the one hand, Rangnick is an interim manager and, strictly speaking, has no real obligation – and it has no real benefit for him – to think about something beyond the end of the season.

If that means storing goalkeepers so United don’t get caught, so be it. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did the same before being sacked this season and freezing Sergio Romero last season.

But if United Henderson loaned out, they would still have Tom Heaton as an experienced backup in case David de Gea was injured.

Of course, it wouldn’t be ideal for all parties if United Henderson loaned out and de Gea were excluded for a long period of time.

But it’s also far from ideal that Henderson is stagnating in the background at Old Trafford, his 2022 World Cup hopes are fading and the progress he made last season is fading.

If United could get him somewhere where he could play in the Premier League it seems like a fair compromise, but Rangnick has so far been clear about the goalkeeping pool he wants and he’s wrong on the caution side.

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