October 22, 2021

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Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘decides to sell Donny van de Beek and sets exit price’

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly decided to sell Donny van de Beek should a suitable offer arrive. The Netherlands international only joined from Ajax 12 months ago.

But he experienced a chastening time at Old Trafford, struggling to make an impact during his first season in the Premier League.

The Dutchman had sparkled at Ajax, helping them reach the semi-finals of the Champions League the previous year, and was allowed to move to Old Trafford in a £40million deal.

The 24-year-old got his United career off to a positive start, scoring on his debut during a 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.

But he spent the majority of the campaign stuck on the bench, often being behind the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba in Solskjaer’s pecking order.

And Inter are front of the queue for the Netherlands international, who was forced to withdraw from the European Championships due to injury.

Speaking at the time of his withdrawal from the competition, Van de Beek said: “As you may have already learned, I unfortunately had to leave the team due to a groin injury.

He fit perfectly into the Ajax system, but he doesn’t fit at Manchester United,” Van der Vaart said.

“If nobody leaves United [this summer], he will be lucky to get in the starting line-up.

“He is far too good to sit on the bench for two seasons. He needs minutes very quickly. He is still young, but time flies.

“A club like Borussia Dortmund would have been a better step for him. Manchester United might be a step too far for him.”

Another Holland legend, Marco van Basten, also thinks Van de Beek was wrong to leave Ajax.

It just shows what a great life they have when they play at Ajax,” he said.

“They all think very quickly that they are a big boy here and can make it in other countries, but in the Netherlands, there is a nice competition.

“In a team like Ajax you are really helped, especially in the number 10 position. Then you often see that they go abroad and it is a different story.

“You have to be able to take care of yourself.

“If you go to a club in another country, you have to be able to present yourself in that team in a way that the others will think: he is one of us and with him we are going to win.