Everything Ralf Rangnick has said about Donny van de Beek’s future amid Crystal Palace loan interest

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Donny van de Beek is unlikely to leave Manchester United on loan before the end of the January transfer window.

The Manchester Evening News understands Van de Beek is open to a temporary departure from United in search of more playing time, however Ralf Rangnick has indicated he wants the Dutchman to stay at the club beyond January.

Van de Beek has yet to start a Premier League match this season and has only logged 380 minutes in all competitions.

The midfielder has failed to establish himself as a consistent starter at United since his £40m transfer from Ajax in September 2019 and it is understood the player will be looking to leave the club in the summer if his current situation does not improve by then.

Newcastle have shown interest in taking Van de Beek on loan in recent weeks and new reports emerged on Tuesday claiming that Crystal Palace also want the 24-year-old on loan, so what exactly did Rangnick say about his future?

Van de Beek has started one match with Rangnick and it was against BSC Young Boys in the Champions League. The German spoke about the player before that match. “Both will [Van de Beek and Henderson] play in the first XI,” Rangnick said.

“I have to get to know the players first in the next few weeks to finally assess them. Right now, I’m more than happy to have them all on board and I’ll try to give them as much playing time as possible.” possible.”

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The New Year soon arrived and Van de Beek’s playing time had not increased despite Rangnick’s promise to assess his players. That meant Van de Beek had made just two league starts in the whole of 2021 and that was an obvious talking point.

Rangnick was asked what Van de Beek could do to break into the starting XI and he said ‘just work hard’.

“Just work hard. So far, as far as I know him, he has an excellent mentality,” added Rangnick. “He works hard in every training session. He is a team player through and through. There will be matches where he will have the opportunity to play, I am sure.

“I also had a long talk with him last week about that and again of course it’s difficult for him at the moment because he also wants to play for the Dutch national team, he wants to qualify for himself and play in the World Cup in Qatar.

“In order to do that, he needs to get playing time here. But I still think we should keep him, and he should stay here, definitely through the end of this season and try to get as much playing time as possible.”

Just over a week after those comments were made, Van de Beek came on as a substitute in United’s 1–0 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup. Rangnick then praised the ‘control’ Van de Beek brought to United in the closing stages of that fixture.

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“Today’s game against Villa confirmed that, with a minimum of three central midfielders, we had problems in the moments of the game to control the midfield,” explained Rangnick. “From the very moment we switched to diamond in the last 20 minutes, when Donny came in, from then on we controlled the game, we had our fast break situations.”

That suggested Van de Beek could start United’s next game, but then he was on the bench again against Villa in the league.

Van de Beek was also an unused substitute against Brentford and West Ham, just before the current winter break.



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

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