Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek looks as though he could be on his way to Selhurst Park to join Crystal Palace on loan until the end of the season following a miserable spell on the sidelines at Old Trafford.
The 24-year-old was the first of United’s summer signings in the summer of 2020 and looked as though he could be a real hit at the Red Devils when he scored on his debut in a 3-1 loss to the Eagles in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sides opening league match of that campaign.
Since then, the former Ajax academy graduate has played 49 more times, scoring one more and creating two assists, however, his appearance figure is heavily masked by the sheer amount of substitute appearances that the Netherlands international has made, having played 1,836 minutes worth of first-team football, averaging at just short of 37 minutes per appearance.
Many criticised Solskjaer for underusing van de Beek prior to the former Molde man’s sacking and ironically, the Dutchman led the charge to save the Norwegian’s job in their 4-1 defeat to relegation battling Watford in late November, scoring the goal that got the Red Devils back into the match at 2-1.
Fans of the Old Trafford club believed that the 24-year-old’s contribution at Vicarage Road would see him earn regular first-team action, but, bemusingly since then, van de Beek has played nine minutes worth of league football under previous Caretaker Manager Michael Carrick and current Interim Manager Ralf Rangnick.