Newcastle target Donny van de Beek struggles on Manchester United return
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Newcastle target Donny van de Beek struggles on Manchester United return

Newcastle United have been linked with a move for struggling Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek.

The Dutchman is one of multiple Red Devils players the Magpies are reportedly targeting. However, things may change following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure.

Previously out of favour players may get more of a chance, and that is already happening.

Man United faced Villarreal in the Champions League on Tuesday night, and there was a start for Van de Beek.

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The 24-year-old scored the final goal of the Solskjaer era on Saturday, and was rewarded with his first start since the EFL Cup defeat to West Ham in September.

Sadly, the £35million man struggled out in Spain.

Donny van de Beek was ‘anonymous’

Van de Beek started as an attacking midfielder against Villarreal, but was unable to have any real impact on the game.

He was quiet in the first half, although he did mange to get himself a booking before the whistle blew.

After 66 minutes he was hooked, replaced by the much more influential Bruno Fernandes. The Red Devils would go on to win 2-0 to go top of their Champions League group.

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The reviews of Van de Beek’s performance aren’t pretty. The Daily Mail gave him a rating of five out of 10, stating he ‘did little to suggest he can now become a regular’.

The Sun gave a more brutal assessment of his performance, describing him as ‘anonymous’.

They wrote: “If this was supposed to be the game when Van de Beek laid down his marker, stuck two fingers up to the gaffer who never gave him a chance, then it was hardly a roaring success.”

As for the fans on Twitter, they weren’t too impressed either…

Is Donny van de Beek destined to leave amid Newcastle links?

It still seems as though Van de Beek could benefit from a fresh start.

However, it can be argued that he wasn’t played in his best position, while he can hardly be match fit after such little football.

But the Netherlands international did little to suggest he should start for Man United on Sunday against Chelsea.

And if he continues to struggle to get into the starting XI, a January exit feels inevitable, especially as we enter a World Cup year.

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Of course, things may change when a new manager arrives at Old Trafford. But for now it just isn’t working out for him.

Alas, a move might be best for all parties. Newcastle will be watching his situation closely, as he is a player who could drastically improve our midfield.

He was watched by the Magpies years ago, and a move now is much more possible given our newfound wealth.

If Newcastle can move away from the relegation zone and Van de Beek continues to struggle, perhaps a move to St James’ Park could be on the cards in January.

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