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Donny van de Beek has reportedly been deemed ‘surplus to requirements’ by Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag.

The Netherlands international joined United from Ajax for £40 million in 2020 but has failed to nail down a first-team place.

He spent the latter half of last season on loan at Everton, with many expecting him to find a new lease of life under ten Hag.

Van de Beek worked with ten Hag at Ajax and the duo reached a Champions League semi-final in 2019.

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Image Credit: Alamy

The Daily Express believe ten Hag is ready to let van de Beek leave in January if a suitable bid arrives.

James Garner was allowed to join Everton on transfer deadline day and Fred, a regular under interim manager Ralf Rangnick last term, has only started two Premier League games.

United’s run of four unbeaten ended with a 6-3 defeat to bitter rivals Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.

Erling Haaland and Phil Foden scored a hat-trick each and City were 4-0 up at half-time.

Antony and a brace from second half substitute Anthony Martial spared United a repeat of that famous 6-1 defeat at Old Trafford 11 years ago.

It’s the second time United have gone in 4-0 down at the break under ten Hag. The 52-year-old thinks his players ‘lacked belief’ at the Etihad Stadium, calling the performance ‘unacceptable’.

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Image Credit: Alamy

“When you don’t believe on the pitch, you can’t win games,” Ten Hag admitted.

“It’s quite simple, it’s a lack of belief. That is unacceptable. We get undisciplined at following rules and you get hammered, that’s happened.

“For me it was a surprise. We were not on the front foot, we were not brave on the ball and there were spaces to play but we were not brave enough.

“In this moment I can’t think about positives. We let our fans down, we let ourselves down and we’re hugely disappointed.”

United return to action in the Europa League on Thursday evening against Omonia Nicosia.

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