Ralf Rangnick pleading with Dean Henderson and Donny van de Beek to stay at Manchester United

Both Henderson and Van de Beek are looking for a way out of Old Trafford this January, but Ralf Rangnick insists he sees a future for them both.

Speaking ahead of Manchester United's clash with Aston Villa, Ralf Rangnick empathised with Dean Henderson and Donny van de Beek's lack of playing time, but wants the duo to stay at Old Trafford for the remainder of the season.

January arrivals look unlikely for United, but with ongoing reports of dissatisfaction and low morale in the dressing room, a few departures are likely.

Henderson is among the group rumoured to be looking for the door, with the 24-year-old losing his spot to David de Gea this season.

But, despite rumours of a loan move to a Premier League side, Rangnick publicly expressed his desire for Henderson to stay.

"Well, I told him that I would like him to stay because he is a fantastic goalkeeper," interim boss Rangnick said of the England international, who missed Monday's FA Cup win against Aston Villa through illness.

"In training yesterday he had a couple of fantastic saves. I really like to have him on board as one of three top goalkeepers that we have.

"I can fully understand that he wants to play because he's in an age where as a goalkeeper you should regularly play.

"But on the other hand we're still in three competitions and therefore we need the two and three goalkeepers we have right now.

"I've told him that but, as I said, I can also on the other hand understand his desire to get regular game-time as a number one elsewhere in the Premier League."

Still, having made just two appearances this season, Henderson may feel as though he's wasting the prime of his career on the bench, and that'll also hinder his chances of making the England squad.

Similarly, Van de Beek's hopes of making the Netherlands squad for the Qatar World Cup look slimmer as each game passes.

The former Ajax midfielder has started just four times for the Red Devils since his £34million move back in 2020, and the reason for his lack of playing time seems baffling.

He clearly possesses plenty of talent, and after Rangnick was appointed many expected the German to prefer Van de Beek over both Fred and Scott McTominay. However, it's been quite the opposite, and he's remained sidelined.

"It's the same situation as it is with Dean," Rangnick said. "I'm glad to have him in the squad.

"He came on in the last 15, 20 minutes against Villa in the cup game and he did well.

"He's always performing on a high level in training. I had a conversation with him two weeks ago after training exactly about that and I told him that I would advise him to stay until the end of the season.

"Then of course with the World Cup coming up in the winter, he wants to play for his country.

"(Holland manager) Louis Van Gaal obviously told him that in order to be a regular starter in the World Cup he needs to regularly play for his team.

"Again, I can understand his wish and desire to play. On the other hand, we have a lot of competition in our squad exactly in those positions."

It's not the first time Rangnick has praised Van de Beek's cameo against Aston Villa last week, with the United boss previously stating he gave his side "more control".

Yet, even after following Rangnick's instructions and performing well, it seems unlikely that Van de Beek will line up at Villa Park on Saturday - and that sums up his United career so far.

He's been linked with a move back to Ajax this January, as well as a potential switch to Borussia Dortmund. But as of now nothing is advanced, and he seems set to stay put.

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