Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek has endured a miserable time at Old Trafford since moving to the club last year.
The 24-year-old has been limited to just six minutes of Premier League football this season.
Big things were expected of Van de Beek in England after United shelled out an eye-watering £40million to land the player from Ajax.
Van de Beek had been instrumental for the Dutch side and had starred during their run to the Champions League semi-final in 2019.
During his first season at United, the player was in and out of the team – but this year he has barely featured.
Van de Beek has started just two games for United this term, with those coming against Young Boys in the Champions League and West Ham in the Carabao Cup.
United lost both of those clashes and the midfielder has played just three minutes of football since.
The player made a brief cameo against Atalanta in the Champions League on Tuesday night as Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stoppage-time leveller to rescue a point in Italy.
And now Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have given himself a fresh problem after comments he made about the player following that game.
“Donny provided the run for the last goal and he keeps working,” Solskjaer admitted.
“He’s got qualities in there to unlock close defences and he almost scored as well. I thought all of those who came on did well.”
If Solskjaer is happy to praise Van de Beek, then he will come under pressure to give the player gametime. But he has been reluctant to do that.
And there will also be huge question marks on where the midfielder can fit into the side, with Solskjaer switching his formation in the last two games.
If Solskjaer continues to play three centre-backs, one of United’s attacking positions needs to be sacrificed.
Bruno Fernandes is the Red Devils’ main man in the attacking midfield role and Van de Beek isn’t likely to play instead of the Portugal international.
Scott McTominay and Fred are in favour with Solskjaer and surely provide the team with better protection for the back three than Van de Beek would do.
So the midfielder doesn’t realty fit into the side anywhere.
Solskjaer seems happy with the midfielders he is utilising and Van de Beek may not be able to ever force his way into the United team unless there is an injury crisis.
The midfielder changed his agent recently and he looks destined to depart Old Trafford in the New Year.