Four clubs Donny van de Beek could join in January as Man Utd frustration grows

Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek looks to have run out of patience with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following another snub in midweek – and could now push for a January departure.

The Netherlands international made no secret of his frustration after his Norwegian boss again looked past him for their Champions League clash against Villarreal.

In throwing both chewing gum and his training bib when watching Fred and Jesse Lingard warm up to enter the action, he had to be consoled by teammates Eric Bailly and Dean Henderson.

Daily Star Sport has now taken a look at four potential destinations for the 24-year-old as he looks to get his career back on track with regular starts.


The most obvious option for Van de Beek would be a temporary return to Ajax, the club where he made his name between 2015 and 2020 following seven years in their youth academy.

The midfielder scored 17 goals in all competitions during a particularly memorable 2018/19 season in which he was crowned an Eredivisie champion and helped them into the semi-finals of the Champions League.

One reason why Ajax could distance themselves from the move would be his improved wages, with United likely to have to pay a chunk if he was to return home.

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Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund play the sort of free-flowing attacking football that would suit the box-to-box style of Van de Beek, and could be interested if he was made available for transfer.

Dortmund have had a steady start to the new Bundesliga season, and might think it necessary to add some new players in the winter if they are to bridge the gap to Bayern Munich.

Van de Beek might eye a move closer to home in order to get regular starting opportunities, but United might not want to sell to a potential Champions League rival.

AC Milan

AC Milan have also been willing to hand chances to players that might not be getting regular game time elsewhere, with Olivier Giroud joining them from Chelsea in the summer.

Milan looked well placed to win Serie A last season but slipped out of contention, and also threw away a lead at Anfield in the Champions League earlier this season.

Head coach Stefano Pioli might call for fresh faces in January if his side keep up their fine start to the season, and a loan for Van de Beek might suit all parties.


United were said to have rejected a late summer inquiry from Everton for Van de Beek, to the annoyance of his agent who had pushed for a move out of Old Trafford.

Rafa Benitez could be the man to help Van de Beek back to form by giving him regular starts, but Solskjaer has insisted that the player remains part of his plans.

In addition, Everton currently sit level on points with the Red Devils in the Premier League, and strengthening a direct rival during a season wouldn't be ideal.

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