Man Utd have been told that they “should” part ways with Donny van de Beek if the midfielder continues to struggle for the next few months of this season.
Van de Beek joined the Red Devils for around £40m from Eredivisie side Ajax in 2020.
He was in and out of the team during his debut season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he struggled to make an impact.
His woes continued in 2021/22 as he ended up on loan at United’s Premier League rivals Everton.
This spell started promisingly but he ended up falling out of contention as a result of a thigh injury.
Van de Beek made his name at Ajax while he was managed by Ten Hag. With him taking over at Man Utd in the summer, it was hoped that the midfielder could return to his best this season and be like a new signing.
This has not happened, though. He has continued to struggle with injuries as he has only played seven times this season across all competitions.
Van de Beek’s only start this season in the Premier League came as United lost 3-1 against Aston Villa. He was pretty dire in that game and his performance led to some criticism.
Paul Parker suggested that Ten Hag has been “let down tremendously” by his fellow Dutchman this season.
Ten Hag also aimed a sly dig at Van de Beek last month as he called on the player to “fight or leave”.
“I don’t think a loan makes sense,” Ten Hag said. “It’s either he fights and proves himself in this atmosphere, this environment or he goes.
“But for me, there’s still a way for him. But it’s not going to be easy because the competition there is really strong.”
Former Man Utd defender Mikael Silvestre has now suggested that “there should be a change” if Van de Beek’s form does not improve before the end of this season.
Silvestre also does not think that United have “seen the player he was at Ajax”.
“We haven’t seen a change for Donny van de Beek unfortunately,” Silvestre told bettingexpert.
“He hasn’t had a lot of opportunities to start. We haven’t seen the player he was at Ajax.”
Silvestre added: “If it’s not within the next five-six months, till the end of the season, then there should be a change.
“Yes there are a lot of games to come so there will be a need for fresh players. We expect him to come from the bench and grab the opportunities.
“It’s hard when you don’t have a run of games. Let’s wait and see for Donny van de Beek.”
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