Donny van de Beek’s situation has triggered five questions Manchester United must answer: Omar Garrick


The signing of Donny van de Beek has been a huge disappointment for Manchester United fans.

Supporters have been desperate for the Dutchman to get a chance to prove himself, but cameos from the bench and occasional outings in cup competitions are as good as it gets.

Van de Beek arrived at Old Trafford with a glittering reputation after his spell at Ajax and it seemed that United had indeed secured the signing of one of Europe’s most promising midfielders.

The Dutch international now appears poised to secure a loan move away from the club with Crystal Palace and Valencia touted as potential suitors.

Many fans are not happy with how things have turned out for Van de Beek and they are not the only ones. The Dutchman is said to be “upset” at how his United career has developed so far and we have a few questions we’d like to ask the club…

Why pay so much for Van de Beek if he’s just going to be a substitute?

This is comfortably the question that has been asked the most since the arrival of the Dutchman.

Manchester City have been criticized by some for their treatment of £100million man Jack Grealish since he signed in the summer, however Grealish’s occasional spell on the bench has nothing to do with Van de Beek’s season in United.

United scouts clearly saw something in Van de Beek that warranted spending £40m on him, but no club would be crazy enough to spend that much money on a player who would spend the next few seasons kicking his heels on the bench.

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He hasn’t been given a fair chance on the side and the whole saga is very strange.

Manchester United's Donny van de Beek during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Manchester United and BSC Young Boys at Old Trafford on December 8, 2021 in Manchester, England.
Van de Beek hasn’t had a chance at United

Did you consider how you would fit into the system?

Van de Beek showed during his time at Ajax that he is a quality player, so there has to be something else stopping United from giving him a chance.

The 24-year-old has been frustrated on the United bench at times this season, so he is clearly desperate to show the club, the fans and the manager what he can do.

It seems that United have signed Van de Beek because he seems like a really special talent at Ajax, but now they have realized that he doesn’t fit into the system they want to play in.

Was Van de Beek ever wanted by United in the first place?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was understood to be a huge fan of former Aston Villa man Grealish, but once it became clear that Grealish would not be moving to Old Trafford, Solskjaer turned his attention to Van de Beek.

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Given the lack of game time Van de Beek has seen under Solskjaer and Rangnick, you have to wonder if the club ever considered him good enough for United or if they just needed to sign a forward-thinking midfielder and therefore signed who could get your hands on.

Do you think Van de Beek deserves an apology?

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Is it really out of the question to suggest that Van de Beek deserves an apology?

You would be right to say that the club has been paying his salary and giving him the opportunity to play for one of the best clubs in the world, but we have possibly stunted his development and that could have a huge impact on the rest of his career.

I refuse to believe that he signed for United knowing he was going to spend 90% of his time on the bench, so I don’t think it is unreasonable to suggest that he is due an apology.

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What’s next for Van de Beek?

This is the one we all really want to know the answer to.

Does he have a future at United? Are we preparing to cut our losses and let it go? Will you ever have a chance?

It is quite possible to suggest that no one at the club knows the answer to those three questions and only time will tell if Van de Beek will ever have a chance to succeed at United.

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What do you think of Van de Beek’s situation at United? Follow our writer United On My Mind omar garrick on Twitter to join in the discussion and give us your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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