Donny van de Beek was reportedly offered the chance to leave Manchester United on loan in January but the Red Devils blocked the move in hope that things would work out for their £34million signing. The midfielder looked a real coup for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when a deal was swiftly negotiated and agreed with Ajax in September but Van de Beek has since struggled to force his way into the Norwegian’s thinking.
The 23-year-old has made just two starts in the Premier League this season and has played the majority of his football in cup competitions as part of a heavily-rotated squad.
He currently finds himself way down the midfield pecking order behind Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay and even Fred, who has impressed immensely this season.
Yet even when on the field, Van de Beek has failed to showcase his ability and has therefore found himself back on the substitutes bench.
Many feel as though his influence in the side is limited when playing alongside Fernandes as both midfielders favour an attacking mould and role.
Inter Milan and Juventus are understood to withhold an interest in the Dutch international.
Real Madrid were also flirting with the idea of signing him before United pounced last summer.
His future could be reassessed at the end of the season with Van de Beek desperate for game time following a dramatic fall from grace since leaving Amsterdam.
Former Holland manager Bert van Marwijk recently called out United over their use of the technician and questioned whether they’re making a big mistake in their handling of the player.
“I think Donny van den Beek is an excellent football player,” he wrote in his column with De Telegraaf.
“He has excellent functional technique and despite his young age, he already has the insight to usually make the right choices. He also has a great running ability.
“He is a player who also has the extra quality to play smart between the lines and has the content to get to the goal at the right time. Someone who can play on ten but also can manage in a more controlling role in midfield.
“So, I understand that Manchester United paid him some £35million last summer. Only he plays far too little. On Sunday he was again on the bench for ninety minutes in the top match against Chelsea.
“How is that possible? Van de Beek is not suddenly a bad football player or someone who could not handle the level. I think that is why it is not a matter of too little quality, but that other things are also involved in a different environment.
“Because he is above all a player who grew up and trained in the positional game of Ajax. And who was always played there at the right time when he came in front of the goal or presented himself between the lines.”