Former Leeds United forward Noel Whelan has suggested that Manchester United should sell Donny Van De Beek and clear up the wage bill.
The 24-years-old has been struggling to break into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first eleven ever since joining the Old Trafford outfit. He has started only two games this season and made his first appearance in midweek against Atalanta after not being involved since the EFL Cup defeat against West Ham United.
Speaking on Football Insider, the former striker stated that Van De Beek should leave Manchester United and find a destination where he can be the regular starter. The midfielder has only been used in the cup competitions and the former Ajax man should play more to develop his career.
Whelan further said that the Red Devils haven’t been able to bring the best out of the Netherlands international and the midfielder has looked average at best whenever he was given chances. So, selling Van De Beek and clearing up the wage bill will be the right decision for the Old Trafford hierarchy. He said:
“It’s looking very bleak for him at the minute. I think he needs to get out now because he’s not getting an opportunity at all. When he has come on, he’s been average at best – we’ve not seen the player that Man United bought and other teams wanted. I don’t think they’ve gotten the best out of him, at all.
“Getting him out of the club and letting him progress his career is probably in the interest of both parties. The only use he has at the moment is for cup competitions. That isn’t enough for a player at his age. I think United could be willing to let him go on a permanent deal to get him off the wage bill.”
Will it be a good decision for Manchester United to sell Van De Beek?
Selling Donny Van De Beek might not be a great decision for Manchester United. The 24-years-old hasn’t had enough chances to showcase his talent in the Premier League and whenever he had chances, the midfielder displayed very tidy performances for Solskjaer’s side.
The 24-years-old was brought on to the pitch in the 87th minute against Atalanta and straightaway showed his prowess by taking part in the build-up play that led to the equaliser and also had a shot in stoppage time that was brilliantly saved by La Dea goalkeeper.
Solskjaer’s reluctance to give chances to Van de Beek is infuriating to watch from the outside, with the Norwegian’s preferred midfield choices Fred and Scott McTominay haven’t been able to display consistent performances in the United shirt.
With Paul Pogba looking likely to leave the club next summer, letting Van De Beek leave might create a huge hole in midfield. So, giving a proper chance to the Dutchman in order to persuade him to stay will be the right decision for Manchester United.