A Man Utd star’s nightmare spell at Old Trafford shows no signs of ending with Erik ten Hag’s ruthless call having major implications on finding a way out in January, per reports.
The upcoming winter window promises to be an enthralling one at Old Trafford. Cristiano Ronaldo’s premature exit has resulted in the club’s summer plans to sign a new centre-forward being brought forward.
Benfica’s Enzo Fernandez has also emerged in the club’s radar following a stellar showing in Qatar for Argentina. The 21-year-old midfielder is also wanted by Liverpool.
However, today’s update concerns potential exits, and it makes grim reading for one Man Utd flop.
Since moving to United for £35m in 2020, little has gone right for Donny Van de Beek.
He barely got a look in under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his situation did not improve under Ralf Rangnick. On the odd occasion he did get minutes on the pitch, Van de Beek did not impress.
The arrival of Ten Hag was viewed in some circles as potentially a catalyst that could spark Van de Beek into life. However, the signing of Casemiro placed another hurdle in the way of midfield minutes, with the Dutchman’s four league appearances this season totalling just 84 minutes.
Van de Beek’s lack of action saw him ousted from Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands squad for the World Cup. His exile from his national side is unlikely to change if he continues to warm the bench at Old Trafford.
A January loan exit, potentially to Leicester City, has been touted in recent months. The Foxes may well lose Youri Tielemans who’s in the last six months of his deal. Van de Beek could represent an adequate stop-gap until the summer.
Ruthless Ten Hag call closes escape route
However, Ten Hag told reporters earlier in November a loan exit makes no sense. In his eyes at least, Van de Beek must either improve his game or leave the club for good.
“I don’t think the loan makes sense,” said the United boss. “It’s either he fights and proves himself in this environment or he goes, but for me, there is still a way for him.
“But it’s not going to be easy for him because the competition there is really strong.”
Now, in an interview with The United Stand, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano revealed Van de Beek has hit a new low at Old Trafford.
Romano revealed there are currently no clubs with active plans to make an approach for Van de Beek in January. What’s more, with Ten Hag all but ruling out a loan exit, only permanent buyers sound like they’d be entertained anyway.
The chances of any side making an offer to sign Van de Beek outright appear slim given his remarkable decline since leaving Ajax.
Man Utd unlikely to receive any bids
When asked if Van de Beek could move in January, Romano replied: “Well what I’m sure of is there are no negotiations with any clubs.
“His agents are not working to find a solution for Donny, so at the moment he’s not planning to leave Manchester United.”
However, Romano did go on to stress Van de Beek’s situation is one that could change given his lowly rank in the squad.
“But I think we have to keep an eye on Van de Beek until the end of the [January window],” added Romano.
“[His future] also depends on Man Utd. If in January he’s not going to play then maybe after a conversation with Ten Hag the situation could change.
“But at the moment the situation is still quiet for the player.”
Romano noted two English sides lodged loan approaches for Van de Beek late in the summer window. However, Van de Beek preferred to remain in Manchester at the time and Ten Hag simultaneously decided to retain his fellow countryman.
That faith hasn’t resulted in an impact on the pitch, and it appears there’s now a lack of suitors willing to take a gamble on the midfielder just a few months on.
In just two years, Van de Beek has lost his place as a regular starter at club level, been overlooked for a World Cup and now is struggling to attract any meaningful transfer interest.
As far as failed transfers go, Van de Beek’s ranks highly.