Dean Henderson's future remains unclear after Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick insisted he does not want him to leave.

The Cumbrian goalkeeper has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford this month after a lack of first-team football this season.

Henderson is keen to gain first-team football elsewhere both to reignite his Premier League career and revive his England chances.

Rangnick, though, has cooled talk of a January departure for the Whitehaven star.

Speaking on TalkSport, Rangnick said: “A couple of weeks ago he asked me [if he could leave] but I told him I’d rather have him stay until the end of the season.

“We are very happy with our goalkeepers but if it’s up to me I wouldn’t want him to leave.”

Henderson has had to play understudy to David de Gea this season having seen the start of his own campaign delayed due to Covd-19.

The Spaniard has returned to impressive form since regaining his place, Henderson having taken the No1 position last season.

A number of clubs have been credited with interest in former Carlisle United academy keeper Henderson, such as Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United and Ajax.

Illness kept the keeper out of the Man Utd squad that beat Aston Villa 1-0 in the FA Cup this week. He has made two first-team outings this season.

Carlisle have benefited financially from Henderson's progress at Old Trafford under the terms that took the academy player to Man Utd back in 2011.

The Blues would also be on alert for potential sell-on benefits should the Cumbrian leave Man Utd permanently.