KEY POINTS

  • Manchester United's Donny van de Beek has yet to make make an impact in the squad
  • Van de Beek will try to fight for regular playing time under Ralf Rangnick, a journalist said
  • The 24-year-old is being likened to another Red Devils flop

A Manchester United star is being linked to a move away from the club.

Things could go either way for Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek under interim manager Ralf Rangnick. The Dutchman failed to live up to the hype of his signing in summer 2020 and is once again being tagged as a possible Old Trafford departee.

Weighing in on what lies ahead for van de Beek under Manchester United’s new management, veteran journalist and The Sportsman reporter Peter O’Rourke said that the 24-year-old will be doubling his efforts to prove he’s worth keeping. International Business Times could not independently verify this information.

“It couldn't get any worse for [Donny] van de Beek under [former Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer,” O’Rourke told Give Me Sport. “He was a forgotten man at Old Trafford, so he'll be chomping at the bit to impress the German [Rangnick].”

Off the pitch, van de Beek is also believed to be having some bad experiences, and some in Manchester United coaching staff have likened his struggles to that of former Red Devils playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Four Four Two reported.

The report said that Red Devils coaches think van de Beek had a “similar fate” as Mkhitaryan, a signing of former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho who also failed to make his mark in the club.

It was also said that van de Beek has become open to finally leaving Manchester United in January.

Donny van de Beek Donny van de Beek of Manchester United during the Pre Season Friendly fixture between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on August 7, 2021 in Manchester, England. Photo: Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

An earlier report said that Rangnick will be more focused on offloading fringe players instead of signing new ones. Van de Beek and Manchester United’s second-choice goalkeeper Dean Henderson were among the players the gegenpressing expert has listed as possible departees, The Telegraph claimed.

Much like Jadon Sancho, van de Beek was highly touted when he arrived at Manchester United from Ajax in 2020. However, the lack of playing time has hindered him from living up to the hype.

The midfield star has played in each of Manchester United's last four Premier League games. However, he's only had a total of  57 minutes of playing time across those substitute appearances and is still waiting for his first league start of the season.

Manchester United will be facing Crystal Palace Sunday, with Rangnick set to make his debut as the club’s new manager. It has yet to be revealed whether or not van de Beek will be part of the squad.