Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is considering handing a rare start to Donny van de Beek this weekend after being impressed by the midfielder during training.
The Dutchman has endured a difficult start to his Old Trafford career and has struggled for minutes since joining from Ajax a year-and-a-half ago.
During his debut season, van de Beek started just four Premier League matches, and has had a similarly frustrating start to the current campaign.
But despite being continually overlooked by Solskjaer, it's understood the 24-year-old is in line to start against Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
Van de Beek's attitude and commitment in training, in spite of his lack of game time, have been impressing Man United's coaching staff, and the £40 million man is expected to finally get his chance.
The door was also opened courtesy of Paul Pogba's suspension and Scott McTominay's illness, but van de Beek's resilience hasn't gone unnoticed.
Solskjaer's side are in desperate need of three points to try and reignite their stuttering season.
They're currently sixth in the Premier League after five wins and four losses from their opening 11 matches.
Humiliating defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City in recent weeks left Solskjaer's future at Old Trafford hanging in the balance, but the Norwegian clung on to his job amid rumours of the sack.
But with his side already nine points behind league-leaders Chelsea, Solskjaer will be lucky to survive if the gap widens any further before Christmas.
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Van de Beek played a starring role in Ajax's run to the semi-final of the Champions League in 2019 alongside the likes of Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech.
All four players have since earned moves to top European clubs though curiously none of them have managed to properly replicate their Ajax form with their new teams.
While de Jong and de Ligt are regular starters at Barcelona and Juventus respectively, neither man has lived up to the sky-high expectations that were set for them after breaking through at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
Ziyech – like van de Beek – has failed to nail down a starting spot at Chelsea, despite showing glimpses of his ability in patches over the past 18-months.
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