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Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, says Van de Beek can go because “Donny has to play.”

Since moving to Old Trafford, the Dutch midfielder has made few appearances, and his manager believes it might be time for him to leave.

Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, has acknowledged that Donny van de Beek, a midfield player, may need to quit the team.

Together, Ten Hag and Van de Beek had a successful tenure at Ajax. However, the Dutch international has struggled at Old Trafford and was not deployed as a substitute in Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle at St. James’ Park.

Ten Hag stated prior to that game: “I believe Donny needs to play. He had the chance because he was a member of the squad for the previous games.

“He was still suffering from physical difficulties, so the season got off to a poor start. However, he has returned and is training rather well, so if you can’t give him perspective, I can see that he needs to play for everything, even his career.”

After making an impression for Ajax during Ten Hag’s team’s journey to the Champions League semifinals in 2018–19, Van de Beek was coveted by several of the best teams in Europe.

The next season, the midfielder joined United, but in all competitions, he has only made 62 appearances and only 23 starts.

In the second half of the 2011–22 season, he went on loan to Everton, but after appearing in just seven games for the Toffees, he returned to Old Trafford in the summer.

In his fourth season at United, not even the hiring of his old coach Ten Hag has made things better for him.

When questioned last week over his lack of playing time, the midfield player responded, “I am eager to play games once more. The manager is currently making different decisions. I’m not the only one pounding on the door; our squad is very large. We’ll see what transpires in January.

“I have to get back into the game ASAP, if not at Manchester United then at another team. I believe I need to have ambition. I’ve loved the game my entire life. I have an intense passion for football.

“Although I make a nice salary at United, money is not what drives me. I want every day at work to be enjoyable.”

Van van Beek has a contract that runs until 2025, with one more year’s extension possible.

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