Man Utd ‘believe Donny van de Beek would flop at Crystal Palace’ as private view emerges

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Manchester United chiefs reportedly believe that Donny van de Beek would flop at Crystal Palace if he moves there on loan due to the lack of physicality he has to flourish in the English game.

The Dutchman, 24, signed for United in 2020 for a fee of around £40million.

He scored on his debut – incidentally against Palace – in a 3-1 loss that gave United fans high expectations.

Yet game time became extremely limited under former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with Van de Beek making just four starts and nineteen appearances overall in the league.

The same continued again this season, and the situation has worsened under new boss Ralf Rangnick – who has given the Dutch star just 27 minutes of playing time since his appointment.

Crystal Palace are reportedly closing in on a loan deal to give Van de Beek a lifeline for his Premier League career, but United chiefs are unsure of his credentials to succeed in England, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The report claims that United chiefs believe Van de Beek lacks the physical side of the game to hold his own in the Premier League despite the player bulking up in the summer.

His technical talents are there for all to see, having come through the famous Ajax Academy alongside Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt.

But he has struggled to perform at United and now faces an uncertain future.

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And given Fred, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay are all ahead of him in the pecking order, a move to south London looks to be more suitable to the Netherlands international.

Rangnick spoke about how Van de Beek could force his way into the starting XI in recent weeks – telling the midfielder to simply ‘work hard’.

“Just work hard,” the German said.

“So far, as I have got to know him, he has got a top mentality,”

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“He works hard in every training session. He is a team player through and through. There will be games where he will get his chance to play, I am sure.

“I also had a long conversation with him last week about that and again, of course it is difficult for him right now because he also wants to play for the Dutch national team, he wants to qualify for himself and play in the World Cup in Qatar.

“In order to do that he needs to get game time here. But I still believe we should keep him, and he should stay here, definitely until the end of this season and try to get as much game time as he possibly can.”

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