Van de Beek's agent comments on midfielder's United prospects

It is almost a year since Manchester United signed Donny van de Beek from Ajax in a £35 million deal.

The Dutchman is still waiting for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to find him a regular position in the United side.

But Solskjaer has recently underlined the midfielder’s importance to his plans.

And according to Dutch outlet De Telegraaf, that has pleased van de Beek’s agent, Guido Albers.

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“In pre-season, clarity would be provided about his role,” he said.

“The fans had already embraced him before, but the most important thing is that the manager has now provided clarity in the English press. 

“We are happy with that. And I assume that Donny will play a lot in one of the positions in midfield in the coming period.”

Same issues persist

Solskjaer’s comments are promising for van de Beek, but the same practical concerns remain.

Where is Solskjaer going to play him? The Athletic claim van de Beek is still seen as an alternative playmaking option to Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.

Bearing in mind Fernandes barely ever gets a rest and Pogba has five assists already this season, the Dutchman’s situation has not improved this season.

It is surely worth Solskjaer giving van de Beek a shot in a deeper midfield role alongside Scott McTominay.

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Sunday’s draw with Southampton underlined United’s lack of central midfield depth.

At St Mary’s, they were in need of creativity and energy from deep on an afternoon where Nemanja Matic and Fred were so disappointing.

Van de Beek and his agent are hoping Solskjaer soon provides an opportunity for the midfielder to show it in the weeks ahead.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.