‘It’s a joke’ – Man Utd slammed for ‘trapping’ midfielder

Gabriel Agbonlahor has slammed Man Utd for “trapping” their midfielder Donny van de Beek, as he “deserves a chance” to play games.

Van de Beek joined the Red Devils last year from Ajax for a fee that could rise to £40m with add-ons.

The midfielder was only able to start four games for Man Utd in the Premier League last season.

The 24-year-old remained at United this summer but he has only played six minutes in the league so far this campaign. Last month, van de Beek suggested that he thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “has plans” for him.

Agbonlahor has told Football Insider that Man United need to let the central midfielder leave in January:

“It’s turning into a joke now. Man United need to just let him go and play football. You’re trapping him at the club and not giving him any minutes.

“With the performances of Fred and McTominay, Van de Beek deserves a chance to show what he can do.

“Man United need to let him go in January and play some football. The kid just wants to play football.

“He needs a run of games. Not just the occasion 60 minutes. Give him a run of games.”

Earlier this week, Everton Director of Football Marcel Brands revealed that they were interested in van de Beek:

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“We had him on our list. At the beginning of the transfer window, we enquired at United, then it was impossible,” Brands said.

“At the end of the window, I received a call from Guido Albers, his agent, that he might be rented out after all. But at the last minute, it was cancelled. Stopped again.”

On whether Everton would try to sign van de Beek in January, Brands added: “You always depend on whether a club wants to cooperate. And it is early October, so much can still happen with injuries. United are playing on various fronts, it’s hard to say now.

“It is of course a pity for Donny. He is a very good player, no doubt about it. Such a boy wants to play and wants to return to the Dutch national team.

“But you know that at such a club the pressure is great and the competition is huge. When you see what United had sitting on the bench: Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, Paul Pogba…”

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