Inside van de Beeks Man Utd hell so bad teammates have questioned his treatment

When Manchester United confirmed the signing of Donny van de Beek 14 months ago, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was quick to highlight the versatile talents of his new midfielder.

And why wouldn't he?

United had just spent £35m on someone who had helped Ajax reach the semi finals of the Champions League in 2019 and Holland make the final of the Nations League a few weeks later.

He was regarded as one of the brightest talents in Europe and had been a target of a host of elite clubs, including Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

"Donny has all of the technical attributes needed to perform in this team and has the personality required to succeed at Manchester United," enthused Solskjaer.

"His ability to see space, time his movements and read the game will really complement the qualities that we have in midfield and his arrival really strengthens the depth of talent we have in that position."

But as it turns out, the only "space" van de Beek has seen has been the one he occupies on the substitute's bench.

Van de Beek's catastrophic fall from grace at United has now become so infamous it is the stuff of legend.

The Dutch sensation's stock has fallen so low he has become a figure of fun at United, to such an extent that the standing joke when he goes on for a cameo role towards the end of games is that's he's compared to a competition winner who landed the prize of a few minutes in the famous red shirt.

Solskjaer's treatment of van de Beek is beyond bizarre, leading to suggestions he didn't want to sign him in the first place and that 24-year-old was thrust on him by the club's hierarchy.

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The numbers surrounding van de Beek would suggest this to be true.

He has started just four league games since September, 2020. In the one game he did start this season, at Young Boys in the Champions League, van de Beek was hauled off at half time.

In recent games against Atalanta and Manchester City, van de Beek was sent on with just three and five minutes remaining, respectively.

But when it comes to United and van de Beek, respect doesn't exist.

In the summer, he wanted to go to Everton on-loan. Despite denying exclusive reports in Starsport that he wanted out of Old Trafford, his agent confirmed the Toffees had been an option, but Solskjaer blocked the deal.

It's understood van de Beek still trains well, remains dedicated to being the best he can and is a popular member of the squad. Some senior stars have even privately questioned the club's treatment of their team-mate.

To make the situation even more baffling, Paul Pogba has been playing like a drain and is now injured, while the likes of Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic are hardly midfield enforcers who nail down their places in the United team.

Van de Beek still has time on his side in terms of his long term career, but with a World Cup now less than 12 months away he knows his chances of making the Holland squad are receding by the week.

Players have to earn that chance at clubs like United, but the simple fact is Solskjaer has never given van de Beek that opportunity his talents deserve.

He needs to leave United – and fast.

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