Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek has reportedly changed agents, amid speculation about the Dutchman’s potential Old Trafford exit. The 24-year-old has endured a miserable two seasons since signing from Ajax for £35million in September 2020.
His arrival into the red half of Manchester raised eyebrows, as the club was overloaded in attacking midfielders with the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, and Jesse Lingard occupying those positions at the time.
Despite being the most expensive acquisition of their transfer window at the time, his first start for the club did not come until the eighth game of the season.
Van de Beek scored on his first outing for the Red Devils, however, he did not find the net again as he finished the season with a measly one goal and two assists in 36 appearances, albeit mostly from the bench.
Having been deployed as a defensive midfielder, a central midfielder, an attacking midfielder, and as a left winger, it would not be controversial to say United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has never really known what to do with him exactly.
The classy midfielder, who is the current foundations of the Barcelona rebuild, moved to the Nou Camp for £65m, in a deal agreed six months prior to his arrival in July 2019.
And it is claimed by a wide variation of outlets that Van de Beek is hoping for an exit from United in January.
Despite reportedly being told he is within Solskjaer’s plans for this season, his six minute cameo when United were already leading Newcastle United 4-1, remains as the only Premier League minutes he has clocked up all season.
In all competitions, he has only been deployed fir 141 minutes of football, and reports from transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claimed there are “huge chances” of him leaving Manchester.
However, a return to Ajax has been described as “fake” by Romano and others close to the star.
“Rumours about a potential comeback in January are considered ‘fake’ by all parties involved as things stand now,” Romano posted on Twitter.
“By the way, there are ‘huge chances’ for Donny to leave Manchester United in January.”
United are still reeling from their 5-0 home defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s ruthless Liverpool side.
Van de Beek was left on the bench, as he watched Mohamed Salah hammer home a hattrick, after Naby Keita and Curtis Jones opened the scoring for Liverpool.