Manchester United Intends to Keep Donny van de Beek in January

Donny van de Beek with Ajax in 2019
Donny van de Beek with Ajax in 2019. Photo by Robbie Stephenson/JMP/REX/Shutterstock (10223524aq)

Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek continues to have a hard time cracking Manchester United’s starting lineup in the new Premier League season. But despite this, the club doesn’t seem willing to let him leave Old Trafford anytime soon.

According to a recent report by ESPN’s Rob Dawson, Man Utd’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won’t approve any transfer involving van de Beek in January even if he continues to spend more time on the bench than on the field. Solskjaer wants to keep his squad intact during the season and would like to wait on deciding about the 24-year-old pro’s future with the club until the summer.

Van de Beek was close to moving to Everton back in August, but the two clubs could not make an agreement before the transfer window closed. He played only three games in 2021-22 in all competitions so far and managed to spend just six minutes on the field in Premier League.

This caused van de Beek to lose his place in Netherland’s national team, which reportedly didn’t sit well with the player. He is now expected to make a push in January to find regular playing time, but it looks like this will be tougher than he expected.

Donny van de Beek arrived at Old Trafford in August 2020 after several impressive seasons with the Dutch powerhouse Ajax. But the move soon proved wrong for van de Beek, as he failed to carve an impactful role under Solskjaer and started just three Premier League games in his first year as a Manchester United player.

Still, van de Beek is likely to have a market in January, with Everton expected to make another attempt to lure him to Goodison Park.