If Manchester United manage to secure their no.1 managerial target Mauricio Pochettino then the Red Devils faithful can expect to see more of Donny van de Beek.
United parted ways with club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday morning following a disappointing start to the 2021/22 campaign.
After the humiliating loss to the Hornets on Saturday afternoon, it seemed only a matter of time before Solskjaer was shown the door.
Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane and Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers have been linked with the club in recent weeks, but Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino has emerged as the United’s main target.
If the Red Devils manage to secure the Argentine’s signature then supporters can expect to see a lot more of midfielder Van de Beek as Pochettino is a big admirer of the Dutchman.
Speaking in 2019, the former Tottenham Hotspur boss told El Pais : “Van de Beek. Nobody talks much about him. But he has a dynamic in the game, he gets behind Tadic, he arrives, he works, he scores goals.
“Logically, I love De Jong and De Ligt. But the example of the operation of this Ajax is Van de Beek. I like very much. They have a young player, from the academy, in each line, that shows what the team is.”
Van de Beek has played just 62 minutes of Premier League football so far this season and many have questioned why the midfielder was even purchased in the first place considering his lack of game time.
The 24-year-old arrived at The Theatre of Dreams last year for approximately £35million but he has appeared a very expensive purchase for a player simply used to fill a spot on the bench.
Rumours have circulated lately that Van de Beek intends on forcing an exit out of Old Trafford if things don’t drastically change in the next five weeks, and Pochettino could easily be the architect of that change.
Van de Beek was handed his longest spell on the pitch at the weekend against Watford after he came off of the bench at halftime, and within minutes he made an instant impact.
Within five minutes of entering the fray, the Netherlands international scored his first goal of the campaign, nodding home from close range following a knockdown from Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Many questioned why Solskjaer was so reluctant to play Van de Beek during his tenure, so much so that Gary Neville even called for the player to leave the club last month.
“Why’s Donny van de Beek not being given a chance?” Neville told the Metro after United’s 4-2 loss to Leicester.
“There’s something about that. He’s not been given a chance for 18 months so you’ve got to come to the conclusion that Ole didn’t sign him or he doesn’t fancy him. Neither is good for Donny van de Beek so I think he needs to go and play football somewhere [else].”
It remains to be seen just how exciting of a talent Van de Beek proves to be under new management or whether he already has his heart set on a departure in January.