It looks like Donny van de Beek’s time at Old Trafford is about to be put on hold for the time being, with Manchester United looking to loan the midfielder ahead of the January 31 deadline.
MEN Sport understands that three clubs have agreed to terms for Van de Beek, including Crystal Palace, another Premier League team and an unknown team abroad. Fabrizio Romano also reports that Everton are also interested in bringing the Dutchman to Goodison Park once they confirm the appointment of their new manager.
Clubs will have to pay all of his salaries plus a small fee, but the real benefit for United is that the player will get a chance to reignite his stalled career before the next permanent manager walks through the door.
So let’s look at three things that will definitely happen if Van de Beek completes his loan move this January:
He will score on his debut
In just on cards, isn’t it. Underused by both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick, despite the former struggling for goals and results, Van de Beek makes his first appearance and scores, a dream start for the Dutchman.
What will follow is the obvious ‘screaming why we sent him on loan’ and taunting from both Solskjaer and Rangnick, and probably the icing on the narrative cake would be if United lost that weekend too (let’s hope they don’t). make) .
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If he is scoring goals and making an impact, that can only be a positive for United and precisely what the club want him to do. Crystal Palace or Everton are likely to put him in a more advanced position in their midfield, which is currently occupied by Burno Fernandes. Therefore, the Dutchman would be unlikely to get a similar amount of playing time if he remained at Old Trafford.
United fans will continue to sing his name
It became a recurring theme that Van de Beek’s singing would ring from the Stretford End towards the end of Solskjaer’s tenure when things went wrong.
In part it was due to the few minutes the Dutchman was receiving as United lacked creativity on the pitch. Many wanted to see him come in as a substitute or even start in place of Fred or Scott McTominay.
With Rangnick this has lessened somewhat due to Fred and McTominay being central to the German’s tactical approach, but he does have a verse or two every time he ventures near the Stretford End while doing his warm-ups.
United fans love a bit of irony. If things start to go wrong or United struggle to score, expect to hear ‘Donny van de Beek’ playing to the tune of Give it Up by KC and the Sunshine Band at some point this season.
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He will continue on the bench when he returns to Old Trafford
Van de Beek is simply not as good as Fernandes, so even if he impresses on loan and is in the manager’s plans going forward, he will probably only be a rotation option for the Portuguese midfielder.
That’s not a bad thing.
Much of Van de Beek’s problems stem from barely being given a chance to play, rather than believing he should be the number one choice at the club. Hopefully when he returns to Old Trafford he can play a more prominent role than he has been given so far.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.