Former Manchester United star Dimitar Berbatov says he "fully understands" why Dean Henderson would want to leave Old Trafford.

The Cumbrian has been linked with a number of clubs - but interim boss Ralf Rangnick says he wants the goalkeeper to stay.

Henderson has had to play understudy to David de Gea this season and reportedly wants to reignite his first-team career elsewhere.

Rangnick said recently that the Whitehaven star had asked for a move.

And ex-Red Devils favourite Berbatov, speaking to Betfair, said: “I'm not surprised to see that Dean Henderson has handed in a transfer request, I was expecting it. Same for Donny Van de Beek and Anthony Martial.

“These players aren't playing and it's clear they aren't happy and as long as they love what they do, playing football, they should move."

Berbatov said Henderson's emergence may have "galvanised" de Gea once the Spaniard regained his place at the start of the season.

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De Gea's return to the side came at a time the Cumbrian was recovering from the effects of Covid-19, since when Henderson has made just two first-team starts.

“I fully understand why he wants to leave," Berbatov added.

Henderson has been linked with clubs such as Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton and Ajax.

Rangnick spoke about his recent conversations with the 24-year-old former Carlisle academy keeper in his latest press conference.

The interim manager said: “I told him that I would like him to stay because he's a fantastic goalkeeper.

“In training yesterday, he had another couple of fantastic saves. I really like to have him on board, as one of three top goalkeepers.

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

“On the other hand, we are still in three competitions, we need the three goalkeepers we have right now.

“I told him that but I can also on the other hand understand his desire to get game time elsewhere in the Premier League.”