The eight Manchester United players who want to leave and why

A number of Man United players want to leave the club but the majority are set to stay at least until the end of the season.

Dean HendersonHenderson was told by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the summer he had been pencilled in to start the campaign as United’s number one but he contracted Covid-19 in his first week back in pre-season and was laid low for a month.

The illness has effectively written off six months of Henderson’s career as, by the time he had recovered, the summer transfer window had closed.David de Gea has regained form this season that has limited Henderson to just two starts.

His absence for the FA Cup tie against Aston Villa is understood to have been related to his future as Henderson is so insistent on getting a loan move to guarantee him regular playing time.Henderson started 25 United games last season and made his England debut but he has lost his place in the national squad this season.

Gallingly for Henderson, Aaron Ramsdale, who floundered as Henderson’s replacement at Sheffield United, is now Jordan Pickford’s prime competitor for the number one spot at the winter World Cup.United tied down Henderson on a five-year contract in 2020 and he is on £110,000-a-week.

Tottenham are monitoring his situation and Ajax are keen on recruiting Henderson on loan this month, with the ‘keeper eager for the move to materialise.

Ajax’s coach, Erik ten Hag, is under consideration to become United’s next permanent manager.

Phil JonesJones waited 708 days to play again, performed commendably in the defeat to Wolves and then got injured again.

His quad problem is said to be minor, with a return at Villa possible on Saturday, but nobody was fooled by the Lazarus act last week. Jones’s future lies away from United and he privately accepts that.