Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘to repeat January trick’ as Donny van de Beek transfer plan emerges
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could yet sanction Donny van de Beek’s Manchester United exit in January – albeit on loan.
The Dutchman has struggled to produce his best form at Old Trafford with opportunities very much at a premium.
Several big names arrived in the summer which has further limited Van de Beek’s involvement.
The former Ajax man, who set the club back £40m last summer, is yet to play in the Premier League this season.
His chances thus far have come in the cup competitions and his frustration was evident last week as he was overlooked against Villarreal.
Everton made moves to sign the Dutchman late in the transfer window only for United to knock back their advances.
A loan move was touted and The Sun reports that the Toffees may return with another offer as they look to take advantage of Van de Beek’s lack of minutes.
With Solskjaer already struggling to utilise all his options he may be tempted to take up the offer.
United saw the benefits of sending Jesse Lingard, then struggling for form and minutes, out on loan last January.
In a 16-game stint at West Ham he scored nine times and has now returned to prove his worth.
Everton have enjoyed an impressive start to the season under Rafa Benitez, securing a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford last time out.
Backed by Farhad Moshiri’s wealth they are looking to bring in the Dutch playmaker mid-season.
The club’s director of football Marcel Brands has opened up on such possibilities following their summer interest.
“We had Van de Beek on our wanted list,” he confessed on Dutch radio.
Brands went on to say: “You are always dependent on the other club co-operating with you. It is now early October, and a lot can happen with players getting injured.
“United are competing on several fronts, so it is difficult to say [if a deal can be done], but of course it is a great shame for Donny. He is a very good player, no doubt at all.
“A lad like him wants to play regularly and to get back into the Holland national side.”
The Hammers’ signing of Lingard did raise some eyebrows.
However, two goals on his debut in a win at Aston Villa set the tone.
“For me, it was a no-brainer to get Jesse a chance to prove himself and play some football again,” Solskjaer said on the player’s loan switch.
Lingard played a vital role for a West Ham team who registered an impressive seventh-place finish.
Upon leaving the London Stadium the player said: “Thank you to the gaffer [David Moyes] who had the belief in bringing me here.
“Thank you to all the staff that made it so easy for me to settle and embed into the club so quickly.
“Thank you to the coaches who helped me find my true self back on the pitch.”
Lingard has since returned to his parent club to score a late winner for the Red Devils in a win at West Ham, but has rejected the offer of a new deal at Old Trafford.