Former Manchester United star Luke Chadwick believes Dean Henderson will have suitors "all over Europe" if the Red Devils choose to sell him.

And Chadwick believes one effective move for the Old Trafford club could be to use the Cumbrian as "bait" in an attempt to land stars such as Erling Haaland or Jadon Sancho.

Henderson's future with the Red Devils remains the subject of persistent speculation as he tries to unseat David de Gea for the long-term first-choice goalkeeping position.

The Whitehaven-born star has been linked with big-money moves to clubs such as Tottenham or Borussia Dortmund.

Former midfielder Chadwick says Man Utd's interest in the likes of Haaland and Sancho at Dortmund could lead them to consider the future of either of their two top keepers.

“I think it’s something United would consider because obviously they’ve got two top class goalkeepers,” Chadwick told CaughtOffside.

“There’s not going to be a lack of suitors for both of them. I’m sure there are top clubs all around Europe who would welcome them with open arms.

“I think if United tried getting in a Sancho or a Haaland using Henderson as bait...that is something they would do.

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“Henderson’s obviously got age on his side, but De Gea played well and made a really good save [against Chelsea].

"If you’ve got two world class goalkeepers you can use one of them as bait in a swap deal for a top forward or a top centre-half it probably makes sense for the club to do that.”

Henderson was tonight handed his 14th first-team appearance this season in Man Utd's game at Crystal Palace, in a campaign which has also seen him win a first full England cap.

His progress at Old Trafford is benefiting Carlisle, with Henderson having come through the Blues' academy before moving to Man Utd in 2011 aged 14.

It was reported on Sunday that the talented keeper earns the Blues £10,000 every time he makes a first-team outing for Man Utd.

Carlisle did not comment on that particular claim, but recently confirmed they had benefited from Henderson's first-team breakthrough this season.

The Blues could also stand to benefit from a sell-on clause.