Noted journalist Fabrizio Romano has given his thoughts on the future of Donny van de Beek at Manchester United.
Despite having spent a reported £35m on the Dutchman in the summer of 2020, Van de Beek has very much been an afterthought at Old Trafford, only making 44 appearances during his time there so far, with just 18 of them being starts under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. This has led to some speculation that he might leave the club, with Everton reportedly showing an interest in him this past summer.
Speaking on The United Stand YouTube channel, Romano claimed that plans were already afoot for him to make a move away from Old Trafford, but that there was still a chance that he could make something for himself under the new boss if given the chance.
Romano said: “He wants to fight for Man United. And I’m sure he will do it if we will have the opportunity with Rangnick. At the same time, let’s [remember] that van de Beek changed his agent, he has a new agent and this new agent is now working on opportunities in different countries, in Italy, Spain.
“So they have everything created to leave the club in January if Man United will approve the decision, if Ralf Rangnick will approve this decision. At the same time, if Rangnick will play Van de Beek, if he will be happy together with the player, I’m sure that he will be prepared also to stay and fight for Man United.”
TIF Thoughts on Fabrizio Romano’s comments on Donny van de Beek at Manchester United…
What should Man Utd do with Van de Beek?
These next few weeks are going to be crucial for both the club and the player. With the January transfer window fast approaching, there is very little time left for Van de Beek to be given the opportunity to get a consistent run of playing time in the team.
If there isn’t a significant improvement in game time given to the Dutchman by Rangnick, then you can certainly understand why the Dutchman might decide to up sticks and leave the club in pursuit of opportunities elsewhere, because even though the German boss is only going to be a manager temporarily, Van de Beek surely can’t wait much longer to get regular football once again.
Whether or not he’s going to get those chances, we’ll have to wait and see, but it does very much feel like the last chance saloon when it comes to Van de Beek’s future at the club.