Manchester United are entering a new era with Ralf Rangnick, and the new manager will be spending the next few weeks sorting out the squad, working out which players are best suited to the future of the team and his own tactical vision.
The German has been rotating a number of players in and out of the squad during his two games in charge so far, with Diogo Dalot getting more game-time and Donny Van De Beek getting his chance to start under Rangnick’s reign for the first time against Young Boys in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The Dutch midfielder made a 90-minute appearance in Rangnick’s heavily rotated team in midweek but was unable to make a substantial impact in the side, which could duly seal his fate at Old Trafford.
In recent weeks, the 24-year-old has been heavily speculated to leave Manchester in January, with a number of Premier League clubs including Newcastle set to battle it out for the former Ajax star’s signature. However, with the arrival of Rangnick, those rumours began dwindle as it seemed possible that Van De Beek could thrive with a new manager.
Despite being given the chance to shine and impress his new coach, the £22.5m-rated midfielder put in a less than sparkling performance on Wednesday night, when a misplaced pass to Aaron Wan-Bissaka consequently lad to a Young Boys equaliser from Fabian Reider.
Talking to MUFC TV, the 24 year old reflected: “For me, lost the ball in the middle, maybe I should kick the ball away. I didn’t do that. I take responsibility for that. And after that I think it was a little bit difficult.”
Van De Beek is a fantastic player with bags of ability, especially when you look at his Ajax record with 41 goals and 34 assists for the Dutch side in 175 appearances, but this attacking excellence is not reflected in his Manchester United career so far, with a mere four goal contributions in 47 games for his current club.
With multiple of factors hindering the midfielder’s development at Old Trafford, including lack of game-time and talented competition in his position, it seems like time is up for Van De Beek at United, who must let him go to a club where he can integrate into a starting XI and get regular football, allowing his attacking talents to reignite with the consistent game-time that United cannot provide.
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