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Agent backs ‘happy’ Donny van de Beek to succeed at Manchester United

Guido Albers, Donny van de Beek’s agent, has backed the midfielder to stay at Manchester United and fight for his place, amid talks over a failed deadline day move.

The midfielder joined Manchester United from Ajax last year but has been restricted to just four starts in the Premier League since then, with just two coming after the turn of the year.

Van de Beek was ruled out of this summer’s European Championship due to injury and returned to pre-season training earlier than planned, which set the foundations for an impressive pre-season.

Still, the 24-year-old is yet to start a game this season and his concerns were doubled when he was left out of Louis van Gaal’s first Netherlands squad. He has now been backed to show Manchester United what he can do.

“Donny is happy with the fact the club has so much trust in him,” Albers, his agent, told 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.”

Earlier in the summer, it was reported that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was open to trying an attacking midfield setup, rather than a rigid system with two defensive midfielders.

The Norwegian manager is yet to execute the plans but the tactical change could benefit Van de Beek, who is currently behind Bruno Fernandes in the pecking order in his preferred position.

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