Since joining Manchester United, Donny van de Beek has seen limited playing time under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his frustrations seemed to come to the fore when tv cameras caught him visibly annoyed about not being substituted on against Villarreal in the Champions League.
Van der Beek’ s agent Guido Albers, gave an interview on deadline day stating that the player had looked to move away during the summer and had a deal in place with Everton, which United then cancelled.
His agent said in an interview with Ziggo Sport: “We had conversations with Solskjær and the board. We took the initiative to find a club and our search ended up at Everton. We opened talks with Marcel Brands and Farhad Moshiri.
“On Monday night [before deadline day] we received a call from Solskjær and the club who told us that a transfer was out of question and that he had to report himself to training the next morning.”
Everton’s director of football, Marcel Brands has now come out and confirmed the statements made by Van de Beek’s agent. When asked about the player in a recent interview with NOS he said: “We had him on our list.
“At the beginning of the transfer window, we inquired at United, then it was impossible. At the end of the window, I received a call from Guido Albers, his agent, that he might be rented out after all. But at the last minute it was cancelled. stopped again.”
Van de Beek obviously remained with the club past the deadline and was reportedly given assurances from Solskjaer that he would be given more of a chance in the side in the coming months.
However after the outburst in the Villarreal game, rumours began to circulate that Van de Beek wanted a move away from the club., with Italian outlet Calciomercato reporting that Van de Beek was looking to move as soon as January.
When asked whether Brands would go back in for the player in the winter window he said: “You always depend on whether a club wants to cooperate. And it is early October, so much can still happen with injuries. United are playing on various fronts, it’s hard to say now.
“It is of course a pity for Donny. He is a very good player, no doubt about it. Such a boy wants to play and wants to return to the Dutch national team.
“But you know that at such a club the pressure is great and the competition is huge. When you see what United had sitting on the bench: Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, Paul Pogba…”
Of course many fans would like to see Van de Beek succeed at United, with many calls from fans on social media for Solskjaer to play the midfielder in place of Scott McTominay or Fred.
But Van de Beek is a number 10 by trade and can only play further back in certain systems, even his former manager Peter Bosz said as much in an interview with the Athletic.
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Bosz stated when asked why Van de Beek wasn’t playing; “I do question why Manchester United brought Donny in. They already have the best player in the league in that position: Bruno Fernandes.
“There is no space in their midfield for another No 10. Donny can play as a No 6, but it must be a compact pitch. If it becomes a big pitch, it’s not his game.”
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