It’s really not clear what the deal was with Donny van de Beek at Man United, but there’s no way that was the plan when they signed him this summer.
He’s a 23-year-old who has played over 200 competitive games and played a huge role in Ajax’s run to the Champions League, so he was too good to sign a draft, but there is no has never had an obvious place for him on the team.
Maybe United thought Paul Pogba would finally be out, so they wanted the Dutchman to take his part in the squad, but it has only been an afterthought on the bench so far this season at Old Trafford.
He’s been in 10 Premier League games, but they’ve mostly been on the bench, which gets even stranger when you consider he’s done well when he’s playing.
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He’s pressing well, he’s looking to get into the box and cause trouble and he’s been brilliant for the Netherlands in international service so it would be a shame if he’s stuck on the bench for the rest of the year.
It’s possible that the plan will still be to use him in the role of Pogba next season, indicating that a loan could be the best thing for him right now to continue his development at the highest level.
Mundo Deportivo cited a claim by Calciomercato which suggests Inter Milan hope to take him on loan, although there is no mention of a call option included in that deal.
He’s shown enough of it to suggest Man United would be crazy to let him go already, but a temporary change could make sense if he doesn’t start steadily right away.