Despite a dismal two seasons, Ralf Rangnick believes Donny van de Beek still has a future at Manchester United.
Van de Beek joined United from Ajax for £40 million in September 2020, making four Premier League appearances before joining Everton on loan for the rest of the season in January. Van van Beek has been out of Everton’s last two games due to a thigh injury.
After failing to impress former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and losing his position in Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands side, the 24-year-old only started once under Rangnick, in a Champions League dead-rubber against Young Boys.
Van de Beek was groomed into one of Europe’s most wanted playmakers by Erik ten Hag, who is poised to be named United manager ahead of next season, and their impending reunion in Manchester might provide Van de Beek a lifeline. Despite the fact that Rangnick limited Van de Beek to 116 minutes in the 10 games in which he managed him, he believes there is a good chance Van de Beek’s United career will be extended.
“What’s to stop you? But it also relies on the incoming manager’s style of play, as well as Donny’s “Rangnick remarked. “That’s what he said to me during our discussions. He told me he wants to play in the World Cup on a regular basis.
“This should be discussed once the new head coach has been named and the process of planning the new squad has begun. Next season, I will not be the manager. It also depends on your preferred style of play.
“Do you prefer to play possession football or counter-pressing, pressing football? It depends on it, as well as the other types of players who will be present.
“It is obvious that the team will need to be rebuilt over the summer. But, once again, those are questions about which it is inappropriate to discuss at this time. I admire Donny as a player; he had a lot of rivalry in his position from other players, and there was a lot of competitiveness, which is why he didn’t receive enough playing time, and that’s why he asked to go somewhere else.
“Unfortunately, he was injured in the last couple of weeks and couldn’t play; he won’t be able to play tomorrow either, but he’ll hopefully help them stay in the league and receive as much playing time as possible in the following seven or eight games.”