With constant uncertainties revolving the Manchester United substitutions, Donny van de Beek has been fighting for his spot in the team.
Manchester United has been asked to be cautious regarding Donny van de Beek, who has been left off the pitch for a while. Rumours say that the Dutch midfielder has been involved in interest from the Italian giants, Juventus. Van de Beek made his move to Old Trafford during the summer, with a £40 million agreement with Ajax. And it was evident that the Netherlands international would create a magical effect in England, on the basis of his previous record.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is fortunate to have plenty of alternatives for the central position at United. These include the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Fred, and Juan Mata. It is impossible for a manager to provide sufficient playing time for everyone if the club has so many good names on the list. Van de Beek has been slipping towards disappointment, with just 86 minutes of Premier League action so far.
He is in a danger zone.
The 23-year-old received a golden opportunity to impress the boss in the Champions League win against Istanbul Basaksehir. And he managed to star alongside Fernandes, who stole the show whatsoever. With Solskjaer inclining towards making changes for the domestic game, Van de Beek will be left on the bench again. If this cycle keeps on repeating, it is possible that the midfielder will look for opportunities away from United.
Meulensteen worked for the Red Devils under Sir Alex Ferguson back in his professional managerial career. He believes that Solskjaer needs to find a specific squad for every game without uncertainties. He told talkSPORT of Van de Beek: “You could see again what a good player he is [against Basaksehir]. I think he gave one ball away from the whole of the game – one pass.
“He has played in that deeper position at Ajax and later on he went a bit more forward. He’s got a good eye for the little clever passes in behind and making those box runs. If you keep constantly changing teams with two midfielders and two sitting players, you don’t really get the flow of players playing with each other and that might be one of the problems.”