‘Furious’ Man Utd star to ‘make another attempt’ to leave in January

Man Utd midfielder Donny van de Beek will try and force a move away from Old Trafford in the January transfer window, according to reports.

The Netherlands international only made four Premier League starts last season in a disappointing first season at the club.

Van de Beek moved to Man Utd just over a year ago from Eredivisie giants Ajax in a deal worth around £40m, with the 24-year-old expected to transform Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s midfield.

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And things haven’t got any better this term with Van de Beek coming off the bench on one occasion in the Premier League, while he has made one start in both the Carabao Cup and the Champions League.

He was linked with a move away from the club in the summer transfer window with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Everton and former club Ajax all reportedly showing an interest.

And the Daily Mail claim that Van de Beek will now ‘make another attempt to leave Manchester United in January’ after being left on the bench in their 2-1 victory over Villarreal in the Champions League.

It was a ‘new low’ for Van de Beek in his time at Man Utd with Solskjaer choosing to send on Fred and Jesse Lingard in the 89th-minute instead of him.

The Daily Mail added: ‘The furious Dutchman showed his frustration by taking a piece of chewing gum out of his mouth and hurling it into the technical area where Solskjaer and his assistant Mike Phelan were standing.’

It proved to be a good decision by Solskjaer with Cristiano Ronaldo popping up with an injury-time winner to give Man Utd all three points.

Van de Beek had received assurances that he would play more under Solskjaer this season and he had to be consoled by two team-mates when he saw he wasn’t coming on.

Speaking to Rio Ferdinand on his YouTube channel earlier in the season, Van de Beek said he would have to “trust” Solskjaer after the Man Utd boss was “really positive” about him.

Van de Beek said: “I speak with the manager about it and the club. They were clear they wanted me to stay here. The manager was really positive about me and he said; ‘I need you and I want to keep you here’.

“Of course, what I see here now in the beginning of the season is difficult, because I didn’t play one minute, but he said; ‘What I see every day in training, I see a different Donny now’.

“He was really positive about me and I’m feeling well. I’m in good shape so I hope that I can show the people that I improved a lot.

“He sees a big difference, that I’m a little bit stronger now. He can see that I now have one-year experience here in England. If he sees me now and in the beginning, he sees a big difference.

“I need to trust [Solskjaer]. If he doesn’t need me, I think he will let me go. I think he has plans with me.

“I just need to work hard and I hope I can show the people, one day, what I can do.

“You can never promise that [game time]. This is football and I think you can never promise a player if he will play – or not. You can train every day hard, but in the end you need game time to show your best shape. If you play once in a month or anything, you cannot show your best.”


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