Donny van de Beek told of 'best solution' if Man Utd complete Jack Grealish transfer

  Van de Beek is likely to be on the bench for tonight's Europa League final against Villarreal  (Image: GETTY) The Dutch midfielder has...


Van de Beek is likely to be on the bench for tonight's Europa League final against Villarreal (Image: GETTY)

The Dutch midfielder has struggled to make an impact since his arrival from Ajax in September.

Donny van de Beek may need to seek a move away from Manchester United if he is not handed more opportunities by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. That is the opinion of former United midfielder Arnold Muhren, who believes his situation could get even worse if the club signs Jack Grealish this summer.

Van de Beek left Ajax to join United on a five-year contract in September for an initial fee of £35million, with an additional £5m in add-ons included in the deal.

The 24-year-old midfielder has struggled to make an impact for Solskjaer’s side this season, starting just four Premier League matches for the club.

Van de Beek has largely been limited to substitute appearances and cup games and has contributed just one goal and one assist in 36 games altogether so far.

The Netherlands international has been handed opportunities to impress recently, playing 90 minutes against Roma, Leicester and Wolves, but is yet to make a real breakthrough ahead of United’s Europa League final against Villarreal on Wednesday.

Van de Beek could slip even further down the pecking order if United complete the signing of another midfielder, with Aston Villa star Grealish just one of the names reportedly in the frame.

Muhren, who was the first Dutchman to join United in 1982, believes that Van de Beek may need to reassess his club situation after this summer’s European Championships with the Netherlands.

“They say ‘he needs to get used to it’. But nobody has to get used to that,” he told De Telegraaf. “The problem is that he doesn’t have enough [time] to play. At his age it is important to keep clocking minutes.

“For Oranje [national team], it also becomes a problem. If the national team coach now has to choose between [Davy] Klaassen and Van de Beek, the choice might fall to the former.

“Van de Beek must hope for an injury or a departure of midfielders at United to get a chance, but in that case one or two will be added.

“I have seen that they are also linked with Jack Grealish. If his perspective does not improve this summer, a departure might be the best solution for Van de Beek.”

Muhren is not the first Dutch legend to talk about Van de Beek’s struggles at Old Trafford, with Marco van Basten making a similar argument earlier this month.

“It just shows what a great life they have when they play at Ajax,” the former Ajax and AC Milan forward told Ziggo Sport.

“They all think very quickly that they are a big boy here and can make it in other countries, but in the Netherlands, there is a nice competition.

“In a team like Ajax you are really helped, especially in the No.10 position. Then you often see that they go abroad and it is a different story.”


  1. But i think his style of play suits Man united and deserves to be given more chances....There are people whodeserves to depart the club like Martial and Tuanzebe



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