Man Utd takes position on Donny van de Beek loan as he prepares to release Old Trafford after year of horror – Steve Bates
With scarce playing time and Paul Pogba almost in good shape, Dutchman Donny van de Beek looks gloomy – with midfielder preparing exit plan
Donny van de Beek’s cruel nickname says a lot about his Manchester United misery.
The Dutch midfielder has featured so little since his £ 35million transfer from Ajax seven months ago, his name is Donny van de Bench.
Fun, perhaps, for rival fans who like to poke fun at United’s big expenses.
But it’s no joke for the Netherlands international who has seen his career accelerate in freefall since moving from the AmsterdamArena to Old Trafford which many considered a smart company.
It’s no wonder reports say that van de Beek, 24, next month, wants answers about his future. Who wouldn’t?
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Old Trafford was a graveyard for some of the biggest midfield names of their time.
Do you remember Juan Sebastian Veron?
The talented Argentine midfielder was the most expensive player in English football when United paid Lazio £ 28.1million 20 years ago in July.
Sir Alex Ferguson spent the money hoping the South American playmaker would take United to the next level.
But although he won a premier league title, Veron’s brilliance was not successfully transferred from Serie A to English football.
Then there was the 2002 World Cup winner Brazilian Kleberson, replacing Veron.
Signed for £ 6.5million a year after Brazil’s triumph in Japan, Kleberson has been a disaster playing just 30 games in two seasons, far less than the 82 Veron played at the same time.
And right now, van de Beek’s career seems to be heading to a similar disappointing end.
So far, the Dutchman’s stay at United stands at 26 games.
Of these he started eleven but surprisingly only two were in the Premier League – and in one of them he was knocked out.
His failure to win playing time or make an impact after such a starring role for Ajax led to speculation – strongly denied by United – that he was not Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s signing, but someone. ‘one that pushed the Norwegian.
So why was van de Beek signed? He fit in perfectly with the model United have for most of their new signings – young, talented and ambitious.
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In his last season at Ajax, van de Beek scored ten goals and provided eleven assists in his 37 games and was considered by all who treated him at club and international level as a good one. player.
The blame for his failure so far could be blamed on Bruno Fernandes, Solskjaer, van de Beek himself – or a combination of the three.
Fernandes has become the talisman of United, a major driving force in the forward and playmaker position van de Beek favors.
The Portuguese star was so good he slammed the door on van de Beek to take a look.
And with Paul Pogba back in shape after a thigh injury, the Dutchman looks set to slide even lower in the pecking order.
Solskjaer’s insistence on playing two midfielders also squeezed van de Beek with Fred the pick alongside Scott McTominay, who took on the role of anchor for the senior midfielder.
Some United insiders say the Dutchman needs to show more conviction, confidence and urgency in forcing Solskjaer’s hand.
If van de Beek finds his feet, Solskjaer could give Fernandes a break.
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The former Sporting Lisbon player pushes to the limit with every game and burnout is a real fear at the most critical stage of the season.
United say a loan for van de Beek next season is out of the question, certainly to another Premier League club, and it is still a big part of their plans.
But with each passing week, the Dutchman finds this idea more difficult to accept.