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Man Utd have ‘huge chance’ of jettisoning outcast, but one route closes

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Man Utd midfielder Donny Van de Beek straight straight forward while wearing his training kit 2021

Manchester United misfit Donny Van de Beek has a ‘huge chance’ of securing a January escape from his Old Trafford nightmare, though it won’t be to former club Ajax, per a trusted transfer source.

Van de Beek, 24, arrived for a hefty £35m fee in 2020.However, the Dutchman’s time at Manchester United has thus far been characterised by frustration and inaction. Indeed, the Netherlands international was afforded a paltry 511 minutes of league action last term.

That woeful figure shows no sign of improving this season. After eight matches, Van de Beek has accrued just one league appearance worth six minutes of action.

Van de Beek can operate at the base of midfield or in a more advanced position. But with Bruno Fernandes a shoe-in to start further forward, that particular avenue has been closed off so far.

And while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is seemingly undecided on who his two holding midfielders should be, Van de Beek’s lack of game-time suggests he is not viewed as the answer.

Everton were strongly linked with a loan move in the summer, while rumours of joining cash-rich Newcastle have circulated.

Now, trusted transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on the situation.

Firstly, Romano tweeted that links between United and Van de Beek’s former club Ajax are ‘fake.’

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Per the journalist, there is little to no chance of an Amsterdam return ‘as things stand now’. However, Romano did state that there are ‘huge chances’ for Van de Beek to leave in January.

The Dutchman was recently named on a five-man list of stars United chief John Murtough was looking to axe in January.

If United’s stance has indeed changed and Solskjaer continues to snub the midfielder, a January exit would make sense to all parties involved.

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Solskjaer mocks “unhappy” Van de Beek question

Meanwhile, Solskjaer joked about a recent Van de Beek incident when quizzed by a Dutch broadcaster. Though he did admit the midfielder is “not happy” and “frustrated”.

The Dutchman’s frustrations were visible three weeks ago when spotted throwing his chewing gum in the direction of United’s dugout. The incident came after Jesse Lingard was chosen to come on from the bench against Villarreal instead of the Dutchman.

And in the aftermath of their comeback victory over Atalanta, Dutch broadcaster RTL7 quizzed Solskjaer on the incident. Solskjaer, though, was in a jovial mood and joked (via the Mirror): “It’s wiser to throw away your chewing gum and not to swallow it. We learned that as children.

“And giving your chewing gum to someone else is not possible in these Corona times either. Sensible, so I could see he was throwing it away.”

Asked to clarify Van de Beek’s ongoing situation at Old Trafford, Solskjaer said: “Donny is still working hard, of course, and at the moment it’s hard. I understand Donny is frustrated, he’s disappointed but he keeps on working every day with a big smile.

“I know he’s not happy, but he works hard and he’s a top professional. He knows that that’s the way that sometimes it works in football. At the moment he’s not playing but he doesn’t let himself down.”

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