Ed Woodward should reconsider a January loan move for Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s latest snub.
According to ESPN, the Red Devils have reportedly rejected loan enquiries for the Dutchman, 23, who has struggled for minutes under Solskjaer.
Van de Beek, despite arriving amid great pomp and ceremony, has made just two starts in ten Premier League games this season but United are reluctant to let the Dutch international leave on loan in January as they enter the crunch stage of the campaign.
However, Woodward should look to take advantage of the emerging transfer interest in the summer signing after Solskjaer snubbed the outcast midfielder in United’s 2-1 win away at Fulham on Wednesday night.
The 23-year-old, who earns wages worth £108,000-per-week, has been largely restricted to substitute appearances under Solskjaer, having featured off the bench a whopping 12 times as he has found his chances few and far between this season so far.
It’s no wonder, then, that Van de Beek has been told by Ronald de Boer to find a new club, with the Dutch legend urging his fellow countryman to consider leaving Old Trafford before the delayed Euros in the summer.
He was completely left on the bench for the game against Premier League strugglers Fulham, which should act as a signal that Solskjaer has no immediate plans for the midfielder, who has racked up just 852 minutes of first-team football since his arrival last year.
Indeed, Woodward should view a potential move as an opportunity for Van de Beek to not only impress Solskjaer but also get some game time under his belt.
At 23, the midfielder is now faced with a career crossroads, with both Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba ahead of him in the pecking order.
The player who burst onto the scene at Ajax and was dubbed a “brilliant football player” by his teammate Scott McTominay is still there, but ahead of him stands a World Cup winner who is currently averaging more shots (1.1) and key passes (0.8) per match than Van de Beek.
Able to play in the centre, on the left or on the right of the midfield, the young Dutchman will have no shortage of suitors as his appeal is obvious. Standing at 6 ft tall, he is physically imposing, but is equally adept with the ball at his feet, and he could be one of the best value loan signings in the market this season.