Manchester United and their broken Donny van de Beek promise amid transfer links

Man Utd: Solskjaer assesses van de Beek performance

Manchester United have broken their promise to Donny van de Beek. They assured the 23-year-old he’d feature in half of their matches this season but that hasn’t happened with the Netherlands international instead spending the majority of his time stuck on the bench. And whether he’s unleashed against Sheffield United on Wednesday night remains to be seen.

United paid £40million to sign Van de Beek from Ajax after being turned down by Aston Villa over Jack Grealish.

But Solskjaer has struggled to accommodate the midfielder so far, leading to talk of a move away.

That won’t be happening, despite Real Madrid and Inter Milan emerging as potential suitors, with the Red Devils keen to keep hold of the player.

They’re preparing to loan out Jesse Lingard, with David Moyes’ West Ham currently emerging as frontrunners.

And they could also cut Facundo Pellistri temporarily loose amid interest from La Liga sides Celta Vigo and Deportivo Alaves.

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Back in the summer, The Athletic claim United told Van de Beek he’d feature in half of their matches – despite also having Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba fighting it out for a starting berth.

Yet he’s started just twice for the club in the Premier League this term, making eight appearances off the bench.

United will need to keep their word if they’re to keep hold of Van de Beek for the long term, especially with European giants still being keen to secure his signature.

He’s set to be benched for the match against Sheffield United on Wednesday night, despite it being the best opportunity for him to get his confidence up.

And it seems as though United are at a loss with what to do with him.

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Solskjaer had pondered playing him on the left wing earlier in the campaign but, with Marcus Rashford in fine form on that flank, he’s yet to roll the dice.

And when it comes to the Norweigan’s midfield, the club are well-stocked.

Pogba is back on song, with the France international finally showcasing his best form having spent the past year performing out sorts.

And Fernandes is the club’s only true undroppable, with the Portugal international demonstrating his brilliance yet again in the 3-2 FA Cup victory over Liverpool on Sunday night.

Van de Beek will expect his game time to increase next term.

And if he doesn’t make the Netherlands’ squad for the European Championships at the end of the campaign, United’s broken promise will hurt significantly more.

Meanwhile, Solskjaer had words of encouragement for the 23-year-old after the Liverpool win on Sunday.

“You could see his cleverness and movement, how efficient he is with the ball,” he said.

“He was mentally prepared for this game a few days ago, felt he’d done his job when we took him off and Bruno can come on and do his bit.

“Was a good shift and very happy with him.”

And Fernandes said after his winning goal: “We have a really good squad and we have options.

“If you look at the bench and the first XI today and the ones at home we have a really good squad, it will not be a problem if we change the team or someone is tired because we have really good players.

“Donny did a great game, playing in the position I play watching him he moves really good, he played really well. It’s important for us.

“If I was in the position of Donny I would not be happy at all but the most important is doing what he does today, coming in and helping the team.”

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