‘His Chances Will Come’: Erik Ten Hag Offer United Midfield Giant A Second Chance To Prove His Fitness

Erik ten Hag: Donny van de Beek must stay fit to compete for a place at Manchester United.

Erik ten Hag, manager of Manchester United, has stated that Donny van de Beek must demonstrate his fitness in order to compete for a position at the club.

The Netherlands international was expected to play a significant role for the Red Devils this season after reuniting with his former Ajax manager.

That, however, has not been the case. The midfielder has only played 19 minutes and is currently sidelined with a muscle injury.

Ten Hag stated ahead of Sunday’s trip to Everton that Van de Beek’s opportunities will come, but he must first ensure that he is available for selection.

Van de Beek losing time to save his Man Utd career
Van de Beek losing time to save his Man Utd career

He told Manutd.com: “He has to be fit. Obviously, that is a disadvantage.”

“He is now here for two-and-a-half years. He had pre-season, that was quite okay, then his chances will come.

“When he came on against Brighton, he came on as a sub and did very well, but you have to be available and, when you are not available, you cannot get a place in the first XI.

“Now he has to make sure he gets fit and fights for his position.”

When Van de Beek joined the club from Ajax in 2020, it was predicted that he would be a fantastic player, considering his regular goal contributions from the number eight role.

However, he has played in his shadow over the past couple of years. Of course, he has not been backed by multiple managers and it could have something to do with his training.

Van de Beek’s time to save his United career is running out. This is likely his final campaign to prove himself, or else Ten Hag will show him the exit door.

There are reports that Leicester City may try to sign him on loan with a purchase option in January, and it remains to be seen whether United will be persuaded.

The 25-year-old had an injury-plagued loan spell at Everton earlier this year. It would not be surprising if he decides to leave due to a lack of playing time.

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