Manchester United v Everton: Match in pictures
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Donny van de Beek has had a nightmare spell in Manchester United as the Dutchman struggles to make the starting XI at Old Trafford. However, his horror show could be cut short with a move to Serie A side Juventus, if reports are to be believed.
Van de Beek, 24, has been bereft of playing time since his £40million move from Ajax to United last summer, and has slowly been ousted from the starting XI over the course of the last year.
The Dutchman has rarely been selected for United this season, playing in just three games from a possible 10 and just six minutes overall in the Premier League – even that came when when United were already 3-1 up against Newcastle.
And rumours over his exit increased last week after Fred was subbed on instead of the him – prompting van de Beek to become visibly angry on the United bench, throwing his chewing gum in the direction of United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the process.
Fred, alongside fellow midfielders Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay, have produced substandard performances in midfield of recent – prompting fans to beg Solskjaer to give Van de Beek gametime.
Yet with that scenario not looking likely, it appears the Dutchman has been subject to interest from abroad if reports are to be believed.
SportWitness claims that Everton have upped their long-standing interest in the Dutchman after having a loan offer rebuffed back in the summer.
With fellow countryman Marcel Brands acting as Everton’s director of football, a move may be in the offing for Van de Beek.
However, Corriere dello Sport claim that Juventus have also shown an interest in the midfielder, with Bianconeri chiefs reportedly willing to start up negotiations for the Dutchman.
Juventus’ struggles in Serie A will likely prompt chiefs to go on a spending spree to curve their poor start to the season, meaning Van de Beek could be the man to start their renaissance.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged Van de Beek to continue his hard work in training for United, insisting the midfielder has not been ‘frozen out’ of the first-team picture.
“He knows he is not frozen out,” Solskjær said recently.
“It’s Man United and when a headline player is not playing for Man United, it is always going to make headlines.
“I’ve got plenty of them every week that don’t play, so I don’t have any issues with Donny – he knows what he needs to work on and what we want him to work on.
“He is diligent in his work and he has never ever let his mood affect his team and teammates negatively.
“You have to have that fire in your belly if you’re going to make it.”
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