Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa

Dean Henderson will be itching to go out on loan from Man United in January and a surprise move to Leeds United would make sense.

That is according to ex-England striker Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs about the 23-year-old goalkeeper.

But Phillips questioned whether United would be willing to allow Henderson to join Leeds given the historic rivalry between the two clubs and suggested a temporary transfer to Celtic may be less complicated.

Leeds did not sign a goalkeeper in the last window and instead opted to stick with 20-year-old Illan Meslier as their number one with Kiko Casilla as his deputy.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side have shipped 17 goals in eight league matches and have been on the back of consecutive 4-1 defeats.

At Old Trafford, Henderson, who signed a new £100,000-a-week United deal over the summer, has started just three of their 13 matches this season, two of them in the EFL Cup.

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“To go from the season he had last year to just sitting on the bench… He is at Manchester United but if I am the player I would want to move,” Phillips told Football Insider.

“I give him full credit for wanting to stay and fight for his place but David De Gea is Manchester United’s number one.

“Last season he was talked about week in, week out as the best young goalkeeper in England and now he is hardly playing any football.

“I would be desperate to get a loan move in January if I was the player. A loan move to Leeds would be good but being Manchester United’s deadly rivals it would be a big call.

“Would Manchester United let him go there? I think Celtic would be a great move for him if he is to leave.”

Henderson signed a new Man United contract after two outstanding seasons on loan at Sheffield United, first in the Championship and then in the Premier League.

Chris Wilder’s side replaced him in August when they signed Aaron Ramsdale from Bournemouth for £18.5million.

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