Ralf Rangnick has urged Dean Henderson and Donny van de Beek to stay at Manchester United for the remainder of the season.
The German boss said he understands the duo’s frustration over not getting regular minutes at Old Trafford but wants them to remain at the club this term.
The January transfer window is currently open, and there is plenty of speculation about their future.
United look unlikely to make new additions in this window, but some players are said to be keen to leave on loan this month.
Henderson has been warming the bench in the English top-flight this season after being the Red Devils’ first-choice goalkeeper towards the end of the last campaign.
David de Gea has started every game for United, leaving little opportunity for the English footballer.
Rangnick said (as per Sky Sports): “I told him that I would like him to stay because he is a fantastic goalkeeper. I would really like to have him on board.
“I can fully understand that he wants to play because he is at an age where, as a goalkeeper, you should regularly play, but on the other hand, we are still in three competitions, and therefore we need the two and three goalkeepers we have right now.
“I told him that I can understand his desire to get regular game time as a number one elsewhere in the Premier League.”
Meanwhile, van de Beek has also been enduring a difficult time at Old Trafford.
When he first came to England in 2020, he boasted a glowing reputation of being one of the best midfielders. However, he has now been reduced to a bench warmer at United.
He hasn’t started any Premier League match this season and has featured off the bench on only seven occasions.
The 24-year-old’s chances of making Holland’s squad for the World Cup also look slim, having mostly been on the fringes at United.
“I’m glad to have him in the squad,” Rangnick added. “He came on for the last 15, 20 minutes against Villa in the cup game and he did well.
“I had a conversation with him a few weeks ago after training. I told him that I would advise him to stay until the end of the season. And then, of course, with the World Cup coming up in the winter, he wants to play in the World Cup for his country.
“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.”
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