Ralf Rangick has discussed the futures of Dean Henderson and Donny van de Beek with both players reportedly keen to leave Manchester United this month.
Henderson has failed to oust David de Gea as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper and has made just two appearances in all competitions this season, with the 24-year-old understood to want an exit this month to secure regular first-team football.
He made 26 appearances last term but has been second-choice during the current campaign and has lost his place in the England squad as a result.
Van de Beek’s situation is similar with the midfielder keen to regain his place in the Netherlands side, having been omitted for the last three squads amid his lack of minutes.
The 24-year-old has started just four league fixtures – none of which have come this season – since arriving from Ajax in a £35m deal in 2020 and has been linked with loan moves to Newcastle and Borussia Dortmund.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s clash with Aston Villa, Rangnick revealed his desire for both players to remain at the club but acknowledged their frustration after long periods on the sidelines.
“I told him [Henderson] I would like him to stay, he is a fantastic goalkeeper. I would like to have him on board,” Rangnick told his pre-match press conference.
“I understand he wants to play but we are in three competitions. I can also understand his desire to get regular game time as a number one.
“It is the same situation [with Van de Beek]. I’m glad to have him in the squad. I had conversation with him two weeks ago and advised him to stay.
“He wants to play at the World Cup and [The Netherlands manager] Louis van Gaal told him to be a regular starter and he needs to play.”