Following his lack of game-time at Old Trafford, former Aston Villa player Gabriel Agbonlahor has urged Manchester United to sell Donny van de Beek in the January transfer window.
The Dutch midfielder joined the Red Devils from Ajax last summer but has failed to establish himself as a first-team regular under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Due to a lack of playing time, the 24-year-old was linked with a transfer away from Manchester United in the summer, but he ended up remaining at Old Trafford.
His lack of playing time is likely to cause Van de Beek to be linked with a move away from the club once again in January, and former Aston Villa man Agbonlahor reckons that the Red Devils would be best off cutting their losses and letting him leave.
Asked whether he thinks Manchester United will let Van de Beek leave in January, Agbonlahor told Football Insider: “I think they will.
“It’s turning into a joke now. 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 [Scott] McTominay, Van de Beek deserves a chance to show what he can do.
“Manchester United 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 occasional 60 minutes. Give him a run of games.”
Speaking at the start of September, Van de Beek insisted that he had no choice but to trust that Solskjaer would offer him more game-time this season.
“I speak with the manager about it and the club,” Van de Beek told Sky Sports in September.
“They were clear they wanted me to stay here. The manager was really positive about me and he said, ‘I need you and I want to keep you here’.
“Of course, what I see here now in the beginning of the season is difficult because I didn’t play one minute, but he said, ‘What I see every day in training, I see a different Donny now’.
“I need to trust him. If he doesn’t need me, I think he will let me go. I think he has plans with me.”