Ten Hag ‘deems £40m star surplus to requirements’ at Man Utd

Man Utd and ten Hag face manic 42-day period

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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has deemed Donny van de Beek surplus to requirements ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester City, it has been claimed. The Netherlands international has been injured recently, limiting him to just two Premier League appearances so far. However, it appears his long-term future at Old Trafford is in doubt with a potential move away in January on the cards.

Manchester United signed Van de Beek from Ajax back in the summer transfer window of 2020 for a fee of £40million.

But the Netherlands international has struggled for regular action in the time since, making just four Premier League starts so far.

While Van de Beek was used regularly by Ten Hag in pre-season, the former Ajax star found himself on the bench for the club’s first three league games against Brighton and Brentford.

Since then, injuries have prevented the 25-year-old from featuring – with Van de Beek missing fixtures with Southampton, Leicester, Real Sociedad, Sheriff and Arsenal.

And, now, journalist Pete O’Rourke has claimed the midfielder has been deemed surplus to requirements and could be on the move when the transfer window reopens in January.

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“He finds himself sort of surplus to requirements at Manchester United right now and it’s going to be interesting to see what happens with van de Beek in January,” he said to GiveMeSport.

“Will he look to move on in search of regular first-team football or will he get more opportunities in the Manchester United team?

“But, right now, it does seem like it’s going to be a tough, long season ahead for van de Beek if the opportunities aren’t going to be given to him by ten Hag.”

United didn’t originally intend to sign Van de Beek in 2020.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was manager at the time, instead wanted the Red Devils to recruit Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.

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But with Grealish considered too expensive, and United needing a new midfielder, Van de Beek arrived as a transfer alternative.

With just four league starts under his belt, however, the 25-year-old hasn’t been given many opportunities to make his mark in the top flight.

Van de Beek did spend the second half of last season on loan at Everton after Ralf Rangnick agreed to a temporary departure.

But the player didn’t set the world alight at Goodison Park and, right now, seems way down Ten Hag’s pecking order.

Speaking recently, meanwhile, Van de Beek’s former agent Guido Albers opened up on his old client’s struggles at Old Trafford.

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And he said the midfielder was unhappy at Paul Pogba playing over him, especially with the France international apparently turning up late to training during Solskjaer’s stint in charge.

“I saw the disappointment about the way he was treated by Manchester United, and he saw up close what I did to turn the situation around,” he said.

“In the Netherlands, Donny got all the appreciation, performed well and was super popular with the fans.

“At Manchester United he then never played. The relationship between him and the club really cooled down badly.

“He had to compete against Paul Pogba, who reported late to the training camp, said sorry and was allowed to play again.

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“In the place of a boy who was training 10 hours a day for eight weeks to show he was good enough.

“I then had that disappointment thrown at me. I underestimated what not playing anymore did to him mentally.

“I should have looked earlier at how can I could help him.”

Van de Beek is currently in danger of missing out on the World Cup in Qatar this winter.

Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal will only pick players who are featuring regularly for their clubs – putting the United star’s place in the squad in jeopardy. 

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