Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek has made just four Premier League appearances for the club since his reported £39million move from Ajax in October 2020
The rumours will surprise many Red Devils, as the Dutchman has made just four Premier League starts since his arrival at Old Trafford in October 2020.
According to The Telegraph, Van de Beek was “struck” by how much Solskjaer knew about his career, background and family when the two met to discuss the transfer.
The Norwegian is believed to have first identified the former Ajax talent in December 2015 when he scored against his Molde team in the Europa League.
Solskjaer’s attention to detail is thought to have persuaded Van de Beek to agree to the reported £39million transfer – yet the move hasn’t turned out as hoped.
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Both of their respective Old Trafford careers hang in the balance due to the player’s lack of minutes and the manager’s awful record.
United have won just one of their last six Premier League games to slip to sixth in the table, nine points behind leaders Chelsea.
Solskjaer is reportedly planning on giving Van de Beek his first league start of the season against Watford on Saturday afternoon.
The game is believed to be the player’s last chance to prove himself at United with a January exit looming if he doesn’t break into the team before.
Rumours also suggest Van de Beek resisted the urge to leave Old Trafford during the last two transfer windows and is seen as a replacement for Paul Pogba.
And with the World Cup winner out for the foreseeable future with a thigh injury, it’s a case of now or never for the benchwarmer.
Former Premier League manager Alex McLeish – who played under legendary United manager Alex Ferguson at Aberdeen – has urged Van de Beek to leave Old Trafford.
“Van de Beek will be losing confidence,” said McLeish last month, “that is a massive factor for any individual in any sport or walk of life they’re in.
“Confidence breeds success. That kid will be feeling unworthy. That he is not good enough for the club.
“A move to a club such as Everton, if he can get regular football, it’d be a bit like Daniel James. He’s gone to Leeds, he’s playing regularly and you can see the enthusiasm in his game.
“Van de Beek, he is seen as one of the emerging, young, world-class players at his age level. But there are so many players that he’s trying to usurp. Ole has a fixed idea in his head about who he’s going to play every week.
“It seems to be a bunch of players who we see week in, week out. No sign of Van de Beek making a breakthrough.
“He has to go and get regular football for his own sake and his own health, fitness levels and to show his prowess as a footballer.”