Manchester United outcast Donny van de Beek ‘is handed a lifeline by Erik ten Hag’, with incoming boss ‘set to include the former Ajax star in his pre-season squad’ once he has returned from his Everton loan spell
- Donny van de Beek’s Man United future has been uncertain since joining in 2020
- He joined Everton on loan in the January transfer window due to lack of minutes
- But reports now suggest Erik ten Hag will include him in United pre-season
- The 25-year-old midfielder has scored two goals in 50 appearances for United
Donny van de Beek’s hopes of making it at Manchester United have received a boost after reports Erik ten Hag is set to include him in his pre-season squad.
The Holland international joined Everton on loan in the January transfer window having played just 70 Premier League minutes for United in the first half of the season.
It continued the uncertain future the 25-year-old has faced since arriving from Ajax in a £40million deal in 2020, having been handed just four starts in the top flight last season by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Man United outcast Donny van de Beek has reportedly been handed a lifeline at the club
Reports suggest his former boss Erik ten Hag (L) will include him in his pre-season squad once he has taken charge of United
But The Telegraph report van de Beek has been handed a lifeline by his former boss at the Johan Cruyff Arena, with ten Hag – who was announced as Solskjaer’s permanent replacement last week – ready to include him in his squad in the build up to next season.
Van de Beek played a key role in midfield as ten Hag’s Ajax made the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2019 before their heartbreaking elimination at the hands of Tottenham.
Ten Hag praised van de Beek before he left, saying: ‘He is an absolute key player for us, a very modern midfielder with lots of depth in his play.
But then speaking to de Volkskrant in December 2021, ten Hag said about van de Beek’s situation at United: ‘Donny, I find that hard. [It’s a] mortal sin.’
Van de Beek was a key part of ten Hag’s Ajax side that reached the 2019 Champions League semi-finals
‘If you haven’t had a chance yet, then development will also stall. Every now and then you encourage them.’
The 25-year-old has scored two goals in 50 appearances at Old Trafford but will now be hopeful of becoming a first-team regular under ten Hag.
However, if Man United fans get their way van de Beek will have stiff competition for places next season, with supporters demanding a £115m splurge on Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong and Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni.
But the Telegraph report adds one man who will not be joining the 52-year-old in Manchester is his former Ajax assistant Alfred Schreuder.
He has become a manager himself at Club Brugge, and is therefore reportedly in the frame to replace ten Hag at Ajax.
Van de Beek joined Everton on loan in January after limited game time once again at United