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Manchester United Midfielder’s Future Remains Uncertain: What Should Ten Hag Do?

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According to a report from The Sun, Donny van de Beek has hinted that his future remains uncertain, acknowledging the possibility of leaving Manchester United during this summer transfer window.

He stated, “At the moment, it’s difficult to determine where my future lies. Yes, I could stay, but it’s also possible that I might depart. Everything is still undecided. Right now, my main focus is on attaining peak fitness and progressing in my game.”

Van De Beek’s Injury-Plagued Campaign With Manchester United Last Season

The former Ajax midfielder was expected to be a brilliant signing for United when he arrived at Old Trafford in 2020 but has only underwhelmed in the last three seasons. In the previous campaign Van de Beek only managed to make nine appearances for the Red Devils before picking up a knock and then later succumbing to a knee injury that put him on the sidelines for the entire second half of the season.

Donny van de Beek
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – JULY 19: Donny van de Beek of Manchester United celebrates scoring with his team mates during the pre-season friendly match between Manchester United and Olympique Lyonnais at BT Murrayfield Stadium on July 19, 2023 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The Dutch international has only made 38 Premier League appearances and has failed to be productive in the middle of the park. This has only sparked speculation over his future at Old Trafford as Erik ten hag looks to revamp the entire squad. His contract with Man United lasts until the summer of 2025, and the 26-year-old can extend his deal for another year.

Should Erik Ten Hag Consider Sanctioning His Exit?

Van de Beek has not met expectations at Manchester United and has barely made an impact in the last three seasons. He has been limited to just 50 appearances in all competitions and has only scored 2 goals. This is a far cry from the player who was so impressive at Ajax, where he scored 41 goals and provided 37 assists in 175 appearances.

However, van de Beek is still a talented player with a lot of potential. He is a good passer, dribbler, and goalscorer, and he is also versatile enough to play in a number of different positions. He is also still young, at 26 years old, and has time to develop into a top player should he regain his confidence on the pitch.

Ultimately, whether or not to sell van de Beek is up to Ten Hag. He will need to weigh the player’s potential against his lack of impact and decide what is best for the team.

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