Donny van de Beek may still have a big role to play at Manchester United.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the Dutchman has no intention of leaving this summer. He will allegedly reject interest from some of Europe’s biggest leagues to remain at Old Trafford.
And that fighting spirit shows why he could still come good at United.
Van de Beek struggled following his £40million move (BBC). He scored on his United debut, but failed to find the net again in 35 proceeding matches.
In total, he managed only 19 Premier League appearances, predominantly from the bench. But his time will come if he is patient.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knew what he had with the 24-year-old in terms of ability. Now he knows the player is willing to knuckle down and fight for his chance.
That passion to succeed at United cannot be understated.
Other players would have sought an exit this summer, but not Van de Beek.
He will want to justify his price-tag and not go down as a United flop. And most fans feel he can still succeed if given a prolonged run in the team.
Van de Beek played second fiddle to Bruno Fernandes last season. In truth, few players can usurp the outstanding Portuguese right now. But the two may get more minutes together come the new campaign.
An important change
Solskjaer has been tipped to switch to 4-3-3 next season. And that will be music to Van de Beek’s ears.
The midfielder is a class act. His 41 goals and 34 assists for former club Ajax prove that.
Too often last season, Van de Beek made runs that were ignored or played the easy pass. That is a confidence issue easily solved.
United have games in four competitions and Van de Beek should get plenty of chances. He will get a lot more if Solskjaer only picks one holding midfielder.
The Dutchman wants to stay. He wants to fight. Now it’s time Van de Beek shows he is United quality.