Former Netherlands midfielder Ronald de Boer believes that Donny van de Beek should look to leave Manchester United for the good of his international career.
The 23-year-old arrived from Ajax in the summer with plenty of promise, but he has struggled to become a regular starter under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Van de Beek has made 20 appearances across all competitions this season, but he has only started two Premier League games and was recently dropped for the EFL Cup semi-final against Manchester City – coming off the bench for the final two minutes of that 2-0 defeat.
De Boer has suggested that the former Ajax man should leave if he wants to guarantee his spot at this summer’s European Championships, telling Dutch outlet AD: “The European Championship 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. If the view on playing time does not improve, he may have to declare that he should be loaned or even sold.
“I think his playing style is better suited to the Spanish league than to the English. In the Premier League it is often hit and run, in Spain more combination football is played. Donny is physically fine. But he comes into his own better in the Ajax game.
“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.”
Van de Beek penned a deal at Old Trafford until 2025 with the option of a further year when he signed for the club last September.