Donny van de Beek’s agent, Guido Albers, has revealed they’ve held ‘good conversations’ with Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer about the midfielder.
Van de Beek continues to find himself down the pecking order at Old Trafford following his arrival from Ajax last summer.
The Dutchman endured a difficult first campaign in Manchester after that move, making 36 appearances in total but just 15 starts in all competitions.
Only four of those came in the Premier League, a clear indication that he was not considered a key player by Manchester United boss Solskjaer.
That’s continued this season, with just one appearance to his name so far, a six-minute cameo in Manchester United’s 4-1 win over Newcastle United at the weekend.
The situation seems unlikely to change in the near future, given Paul Pogba’s excellent start to the season so far, with the Frenchman in fine form.
That would surely leave Van de Beek on the outside looking in for the foreseeable, but it seems his agent is far more positive.
“(Last season) It was said that a diamond would be played in midfield with two runners,” he told Het Parool’s Branie podcast, relayed by Voetbal Primeur.
“Pogba might also leave, and all the other midfielders were only controlling.
“He was the only player with running ability, but they lost three of their first five games, and then another system came in. That started to work, and then it became difficult to get back into it.
“Now that Ronaldo is here, things will shift, and Pogba will be in midfield.
“I have also said that to Donny. Then we contacted the coach, and those were good conversations. I don’t know if that’s why he played last weekend, but it felt good.”