It is safe to say that when Manchester United signed Donny van de Beek from Ajax last summer, they would not have envisioned his first season with the club to go the way that it has till now.
The Dutchman has spent the majority of his time on the bench and has rarely managed to start for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. According to Transfermarkt, he has made 32 appearances for the club this season but they have combined for just 1181 minutes of football.
As a result, it should not be surprising that he has already been linked with an Old Trafford exit in the summer with a number of clubs around Europe believed to be interested in the Dutch international.
But as reported by The Sun, Manchester United will refuse transfer offers for Van de Beek despite a debut campaign that has produced a solitary goal and two assists till now.
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Van de Beek looks set to remain at Manchester United
While Van de Beek might not have gotten a lot of minutes under Solskjaer this season, it does look like the club have big plans for him moving forward.
There is the possibility that Paul Pogba could be on his way out in the summer with the Frenchman only having a year left on current contract at the end of this season. And if that does happen, Van de Beek could very well serve as his replacement in the starting XI come next season.
Perhaps, the plan has always been to give the Dutchman a year to adjust to English football before easing him into the first-team.
It remains to be seen what will happen. One thing is for sure though, Van de Beek is too talented of a player to be sitting on the bench and if it does not work out for him at Old Trafford in the near future, it would not be surprising to see him leave the club in search of regular minutes.