Donny van de Beek was linked with a deadline day loan move to Everton and their manager Rafa Benitez has been asked how close he came to signing the Dutchman.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of their clash with Burnley, Benitez played down the interest in the Manchester United man.
Since the window closed, van de Beek has given an interview to Rio Ferdinand about his situation at the club.
He is clearly determined to fight for his place and with games coming thick and fast in the weeks ahead, he should get his chance.
“Van de Beek was a name which was at the end of the window,” said Benitez.
“It was not easy for us. In the last couple of days of the window, all the agents throw a lot of names and he was one of these names.
“[He’s a] good player for sure but I don’t think we had too many chances [to sign him].
With Fred’s situation in limbo and Scott McTominay still coming back from injury, van de Beek could get his chance against Newcastle.
It’s the kind of game he should be able to play a deeper midfield role in, setting the tempo of United’s passing.
It’s now up to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to give van de Beek opportunities to prove himself, because his United career has been incredibly frustrating so far.
It seems a move to Everton was never really on the cards and it’s time for that determination to prove himself at United to be translated into strong performances from van de Beek.
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