Man Utd misfit sees the door slammed shut on potential return to former club


Ajax do not seem to intend to re-sign Donny van de Beek from Manchester United after their director of football advised him to stay at Old Trafford.

There was a lot of competition for Van de Beek’s signature before he came to Man Utd last summer. Some may think he chose the wrong one given the lack of action that has followed. This season he has only managed to start two Premier League matches.

His fights for playing time have led to rumors that he could apply for a new club only a year after his arrival in Manchester. As a 24-year-old and with the ability he has, he needs to play more regularly.

But there is a feeling among some that he was signed for next season. If Paul Pogba, for example, leaves it, it would give more space to the Dutchman.

Yet rumors continue to circulate that Van de Beek is moving on. There has even been talk that he would potentially be returned to the sender and rejoin Ajax.

But the Dutch club’s director of football, former Arsenal star Marc Overmars, has advised their former player not to give up so quickly.

“I think Donny should just fight, stay next year and try to claim a starting spot,” said Overmars U.S.

“You must not travel so fast.”

Van de Beek previously played 175 appearances for Ajax’s first team, but it looks like they do not want him to add to that figure yet. Whether he can break in more regularly at Old Trafford remains to be seen.

United have the Van de Beek plan

A recent report talked about another escape route for the midfielder – the one about a potential swap deal with Roma involving Nicolo Zaniolo.

Zaniolo has missed the entire season with an ACL injury, but was on United’s radar before that. It seems they could still consider a move for him if he ended his recovery, with Van de Beek potentially heading in the opposite direction.

According to The sun, though, it will not happen, as United still have “big plans” for Van de Beek.

It was not made clear what these plans are. Ole Gunnar Solskjær has, however, suggested that recruitment in 2020 could have a greater chance further down.

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