The Dutchman has only been at Old Trafford for one season after making a £ £ move from Ajax last summer. Despite arriving with a glowing reputation, van de Beek could not convince in his first period and played 36 appearances, most of which came from the bench.
He struggled to remove the effervescence Bruno Fernandes from the No. 10 spot, contributing only two goal incidents – one goal and one assist – in just under 511 minutes of Premier League action.
The quality of his performances proved to be something of a head scraper for the United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who seemed to change van de Beek’s fortunes by experimenting with his role in the side.
However, the nominally attacking midfielder looked just outside of both form and confidence as he was deployed in a deeper midfield position and ended the season looking like United’s odd-out.
Van de Beek would no doubt have looked forward to putting his club problems well behind him while on guard at Orange in Euro 2020, but his fortunes continue to plummet and an injury ruled him out of the tournament.
With Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta wanting to revive his own team’s significant fortunes, it has been revealed that talks about Van de Beek’s immediate future have taken place between the two Premier League clubs. Arteta wants to revise its current midfield and has asked to stay up to date with any developments.
It seems possible that uncertainty about Gunners’ loaned Martin Odegaard may be a factor here, where Van de Beek is a possible alternative if an agreement with the Norwegian parent company, Real Madrid, does not succeed.
Solskjaer will not be alone in feeling pampered by the well-documented problems of his Dutch riddle. The more time passes, the less sense Van de Beek’s signature seems to give to someone associated with the club.
At the time, he acted as an appeasement to soften the blows of the failed Jadon Sancho the pursuit and lack of a coherent plan to integrate him into the side has little hint.
United’s urgent need to recruit a recognized defensive midfielder could make quick departure the best possible solution for all parties.
As reported here on The Peoples Person, United’s chances of strengthening the long-neglected position could depend on the sale of van de Beek.
It seems strangely appropriate that his most telling contribution to the club’s future success may be to act as an emphasis on the type of player Solskjaer really needs.