Selections of Holland’s football media have urged Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek to leave the Red Devils, just six-months after joining.
Van de Beek, 23, joined United during last summer’s transfer window after making a £39m switch from Ajax, as per Sky Sports.
Despite arriving in Manchester with a lot of excitement surrounding him after being widely regarded as one of Europe’s most technically gifted midfielders, things have struggled to work out for the 23-year-old.
After opting to introduce him slowly to life in England’s top-flight, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has rarely named van de Beek in his side’s starting line-ups.
Van de Beek has started in just two Premier League matches since his arrival with the majority of his playing-time coming in cup competitions.
The Dutch midfielder’s latest start came during his side’s 3-2 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup last weekend, however, a relatively tame performance for an hour forced Solskjaer to bring on Bruno Fernandes in place of van de Beek.
Failing to start again in the Premier League when United played host to Sheffield United in Wednesday’s tie, the Dutch media have ramped up their efforts to see van de Beek move-on.
Voetbal International writer Süleyman Öztürk has become the latest big name in European football reporting to urge the 23-year-old to depart Old Trafford.
“You cannot ignore the fact that van de Beek has ended up in an awful situation,” said Öztürk (via Soccer News).
“He’ll never reach the numbers or the status of Bruno Fernandes when asked to act like a player in the absence of Bruno Fernandes resembling Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese takes the game to him, while van de Beek moves away from the ball.
“The Norwegian tries to keep him sharp and motivated by saying that he must be patient.
“Manchester United emphatically don’t want to let van de Beek go, Edwin van der Sar recently claimed at Ziggo that van de Beek’s time is yet to come. The reality is that his competitor turns out to be so dominant that Solskjaer cannot draw van de Beek up.
“He hasn’t been brought in on his characteristics as a footballer. And if he is, he’s currently being fooled by his coach. My advice: try to get away as soon as possible. If you don’t want to be kept on a leash for too long.”