Donny van de Beek is once again being encouraged to quit Manchester United by large sections of the Dutch media.
The 23-year-old midfielder has failed to show anything near his best form since joining the Red Devils from Ajax in the summer.
He has largely been limited to appearances off the bench, but was handed a rare start by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in United’s FA Cup fourth round tie against Liverpool on Sunday.
Once again he had little influence on the game, however, and was substituted in the 66th minute, with his replacement Bruno Fernandes scoring the winner in the 3-2 victory.
And writing in Dutch publication Voetbal International, well-known journalist Süleyman Öztürk stated his opinion that Van de Beek will never be able to live up to expectations at Old Trafford – and should leave as soon as possible.
“You cannot ignore the fact that Van de Beek has ended up in an awful situation,” he said.
“He’ll never reach the numbers or the status of Bruno Fernandes when asked to act like the player in his absence.
“The Portuguese likes to go to the ball, whereas Van de Beek moves away from it.
“Solskjaer tries to keep him sharp and motivated by saying that he must be patient. But the reality is his competitor (Fernandes) is so dominant that Solskjaer cannot call upon Van de Beek.
“He is currently being fooled by his coach. My advice: try to get away as soon as possible if you don’t want to be kept on a leash for too long.”
It was reported by The Athletic that Solskjaer has recently spoken directly to Van de Beek privately about the issue to assure him of his future at the club.
The short meeting is believed to have gone well, with Van de Beek given the impression that his game time will increase as the season wears on.
He is viewed as a long-term signing, so one season of bedding in may do him a world of good before entering the fray more regularly later this season or next term.
The five-year contract Van de Beek signed reflects that too, though he was told he would feature in around half of United’s games this season, a promise that has not so far been kept.