Despite the encouraging goalless draw against Liverpool last weekend, Manchester United continues to face a challenging season, currently occupying seventh place in the Premier League.
With a five-point gap from the top four, the January transfer window becomes crucial for Erik ten Hag to strengthen the squad.
However, creating space in the roster is a prerequisite, and progress has been made in that regard.
Donny van de Beek, signed from Ajax for up to £40m in 2020, has endured a disappointing spell at Man Utd.
Despite limited game time, contributing just two goals and two assists in 62 appearances, the club has decided on a six-month loan to Bundesliga’s Eintracht Frankfurt.
The completion of this loan deal, as reported by Fabrizio Romano, includes a successful medical, with the relevant documents being exchanged.
While Van de Beek’s official departure is a loan move, it signals a challenging road back to Old Trafford. The midfielder, once a pivotal figure at Ajax during their 2018/19 Champions League run, has struggled to regain his form.
Even under former manager Erik ten Hag’s return in 2022, there has been no notable improvement, and he found himself excluded from the Champions League squad.
With minimal playing time, particularly a mere two minutes in the Premier League this season, and no involvement in Europe, Van de Beek’s dissatisfaction with the situation was evident.
The loan move to Eintracht Frankfurt provides an opportunity for him to revive his career elsewhere, mutually beneficial for all parties involved.