Transfer journalist Dean Jones has suggested that Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek should leave the club this summer.
Van de Beek’s time at United has been nothing short of underwhelming, and it’s a great shame it hasn’t worked out.
When we signed him back in 2020, I remember being optimistic about how he could develop at United, especially given how he excelled throughout Ajax’s Champions League journey in the 2018/2019 campaign – but it just never really clicked.
Granted, he was not awarded the opportunity to prove himself in the starting line-up in his first seasons, which was strange as, if you’re not going to play him, why sign him? I don’t think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer treat him as fairly as he could’ve – either put him on the pitch and let us see what he has to offer, or sell him.
Instead, the Dutchman spent consecutive seasons sitting on the bench. Erik ten Hag’s arrival would’ve likely sparked some hope in Van de Beek because if any coach was going to make him perform, it was going to be the one that knew his abilities better than any other manager.
However, he’s looked off the mark in the several appearances he has made this campaign and is now ruled out for the remainder of the season. A sad end to a sad story.
Dean Jones on Van de Beek
Speaking to GiveMeSport, Jones said: “I think it has to [be his last season at United]. I’m not sure it’s fair to keep Van de Beek on strings if he doesn’t fit beyond this season. I think, luckily for him, he’s got a manager there now that will have complete respect for him and his situation.”