By Noel Whelan

30th Sep, 2021 | 5:00pm

Pundit suggests clubs queuing up to sign Henderson as he plots Man United reported exit

Noel Whelan has slammed Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson for reportedly taking the “easy option” in seeking a January loan exit.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted he would rather see the 24-year-old stay and fight David De Gea for the number one spot.

The Sun reported last week that Henderson wants a loan exit from Old Trafford in January after failing to displace De Gea between the sticks.

The England shot-stopper finally made his maiden first-team appearance of this season in Manchester United’s 1-0 League Cup defeat against West Ham.

He has not made the bench for any Premier League game this season, with summer signing Tom Heaton preferred.

Whelan insisted Henderson needs to play first-team football or else he could find himself frozen out of the England set-up.

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“I would much prefer to see him stay and fight for his place, rather than take the easy option and go out on loan,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“But if he really wants that first-team football and thinks he can’t afford to stay and compete with De Gea – that’s entirely up to him.

“However, it comes down to whether Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be willing to let him go.”

“If he were to go, there would be many teams who would love to have him.

“With England as well, I believe you have to be playing regularly in order to be on the radar of Gareth Southgate – as well as having the confidence and belief when you put that England shirt on.”

Henderson had been suffering from long-term Covid-19 symptoms which left him unable to train.

He returned to under-23 action earlier this month ahead of his first-team return.

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