‘Van de Beek isn’t happy at Man Utd but he’s not panicking’ – £40m outcast hasn’t given up on Old Trafford career, insists De Boer
The Netherlands head coach has rubbished reports that the midfielder has asked to leave the Red Devils
Donny van de Beek “isn’t happy” at Manchester United but he’s not “panicking” about his situation, according to Frank de Boer, who insists that the £40 million ($56m) outcast hasn’t given up on his Old Trafford career just yet.
Van de Beek has been unable to nail down a regular spot in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting XI since joining the Red Devils from Ajax back in September.
It has been reported that the Dutch playmaker has already requested a move away from United due to a lack of minutes, but De Boer insists he still believes he can be a success in England.
What’s been said?
“I spoke to Ajax and they said there’s no truth in it at all. He didn’t ask to speak to them,” the Netherlands head coach told talkSPORT.
“He’s just focusing on his recovery on his ankle, and it’s not true that he asked Man Utd to leave.
“His agent also told me that of course he’s not happy that he’s not playing. He’s only had two starts under Solskjaer and that’s not what he hoped for when he joined Man Utd.
“He’s not worried, of course he wants to play every game. But he’s not worried that he can’t succeed.
“He has to have a review after this year, asking where do I stand? Do I have a possibility to succeed here or not? Otherwise, I have to make a move.
“We will see where he’s heading next year, maybe he stays at Man Utd or maybe another club is interesting for him.
“But he’s not panicking at all, he told the manager he’s so happy at Man Utd because the club is one of the best in terms of how they treat him, he feels loved.”
Van de Beek’s tough start at Old Trafford
Manchester United fans react to Edinson Cavani’s latest injury news
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will take on the Italian giants who lead on away goals in what is a crucial Europa League tie.
United need goals badly and having Cavani on board would have boosted an injury depleted squad, particularly with Anthony Martial still ruled out.
The experienced Uruguayan quickly became a fan-favourite as he scored important and timely goals but it seems he’s losing the love lately.
Cavani’s latest injury is just another in a string of knocks since he signed, with supporters becoming increasingly concerned over his fitness.
It’s clear to see what fans think should be done in regards to Cavani’s future and it’s difficult to argue against their opinion.
Not only is he proving to be not as available as Solskjaer would like but his father already publicly revealed his son doesn’t want to stay at Old Trafford next season.
Manchester United have no real reason to extend his stay as the risk outweighs the reward at the minute when all things are considered.
Time will tell what Solskjaer and the newly formed recruitment team will decide to do but at the minute, it doesn’t seem to be a smart decision.
How Manchester United should line up vs AC Milan in Europa League second leg
Manchester United will be faced with a selection headache as they prepare to face AC Milan in their Europa League second-leg on Thursday night.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were held to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford when the two sides met last week and United know they need to score at least once if they are to have any chance of reaching the last eight.
United have won each of their last two away matches against Italian opposition in European competition, most recently against Juventus in November 2018 – prior to this run they had won just three times from 16 such attempts (D3 L10).
In terms of early team news Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek and David de Gea have been included in the travelling squad but Edinson Cavani was a late withdrawal.
Here is how our writers think United should line up