Manchester United are reportedly open to the idea of letting 23-year-old shot-stopper Dean Henderson leave the club on loan in January.

The Englishman was brought back to Old Trafford during the summer after shining on loan with Sheffield United, and it was expected that he’d provide some serious competition for the club’s current number one, David de Gea.

However, Dean has been restricted to just three matches across the Carabao Cup and UCL, with 30-year-old David shaking off the error-ridden form which saw his Old Trafford future come into question last season.

ESPN note that Dean has no real concerns about his role at the minute, although the star has been warned by England boss Gareth Southgate that he will not be the Three Lions’ starting shot-stopper at next summer’s European Championships if he isn’t playing regularly at club level.

That has seen the idea of a loan transfer return to the table. Dean would be able to gain more experience and challenge for the England jersey, while the Red Devils would avoid risking stunting his development by keeping Henderson on the bench.

Whatever they decide to do, it will likely have a knock-on effect on the Argentina international Sergio Romero, the third-choice shot-stopper who is desperate to leave United after tumbling down the pecking order.

Romero is belived to be training alone while he tries to engineer a transfer away from Old Trafford in January, but the board are delaying making a decision on his future until they decide what to do with Dean.