Former Crystal Palace manager wanted Manchester United Donny van de Beek loan last season


Former Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer has already made his opinion of Donny van de Beek clear ahead of the Manchester United midfielder’s potential loan move to Selhurst Park this month.

The 24-year-old has been tipped to move on loan during the January transfer window to get more game time, having not started a single Premier League game so far this season at Old Trafford.

Van de Beek signed for the Red Devils for a reported £35million in 2020 but has consistently struggled to get on the pitch since his arrival, much to the ire of the United fans.

Their loss could be Palace’s gain, with the Eagles reportedly in advanced talks to bring the Dutchman to south London on loan for the remainder of the season.

His compatriot De Boer is a big fan of the midfielder having given him his senior debut at Ajax back in 2015, suggesting this time last year that he be loaned out from United when asked about his playing situation.

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“Euro 2020 is coming, he will undoubtedly want to be there. Maybe it would be good for him to discuss with the club exactly what they want with him,” De Boer told AD.

“If the view on playing time does not improve, he may have to declare that he should be loaned or even sold.

“You have to be lucky every now and then. Of course, it doesn’t look great now, but with a great performance, it can suddenly change completely.

“We also don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes. Perhaps they have made certain agreements with his transfer, they will get him ready for next year this season. That always remains a bit of a guess.”

After handing Van de Beek his senior debut at Ajax, De Boer went on to have a short, unsuccessful spell at Inter Milan in Serie A.

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He then came to London, lasting only ten weeks at Crystal Palace and becoming the first manager in 94 years to lose his first four league games without scoring a single goal.

Following those disasters in Italy and England, De Boer revived his fortunes somewhat at MLS side Atalanta United before replacing Ronald Koeman as Netherlands manager ahead of EURO 2020 where he was reunited with Van de Beek.

Despite the midfielder struggling for game time at United, he was regularly called into the national team by De Boer and was put on their initial 26-man squad for the tournament before having to withdraw days before the tournament started with injury.

Things didn’t end well for De Boer, who went on to lose his job after the Netherlands were knocked out at the last-16 stage by the Czech Republic.

Source by Football London

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