Donny van de Beek’s first season at Manchester United was ‘painful’ but he has been backed to succeed at Old Trafford by his agent Guido Albers.
The Netherlands international was restricted to just 511 minutes of Premier League action in his debut campaign in England, with just eight starts in all competitions. He was immediately linked with a move away from the club this summer, but instead spent his time bulking up ahead of the new season and got a full pre-season under his belt.
But after failing to feature in any of the first three games of the season for United, Van de Beek was again touted for a move away from the club on deadline day.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rebuffed all interest, claiming he saw the 24-year-old as an important member of the squad for the coming season.
Now Van de Beek’s agent has spoken about the struggles his client has had in England and described his first season with the club as painful but says he is ready to make an impact when called upon.
“Donny is happy with the fact the club has so much trust in him,” Albers said to talkSPORT.
“But last season was really painful because he didn’t play much. He was ready for this. It’s about choices and timing, you have to accept. He signed a six-year contract, but he wants to play.
“In the last few weeks he showed he is ready for the new season and he showed what the club likes to see. So we will see in the next few months whether the club will use him or not.
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“Hopefully they will use him, if not we have to find other solutions. But I don’t think it is necessary.
“In the next months, it will be clearer that Donny can be a really good Man United player and please the fans who are supporting him all the time. He will succeed.”
Van de Beek started in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Stoke this week, after being left out of the Netherlands squad for the international break. He will be hoping to impress Solskjaer enough to be involved against Newcastle in the next Premier League game on September 11th.
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