The former Netherlands midfielder Ronald de Boer warns Donny van de Beek to consider leaving Manchester United as his Euro 2020 call in jeopardy due to lack of game time. Earlier, the Dutch midfielder has been told to “pack his bags straightaway” if he is not picked by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to play a part in this week’s Manchester derby.
“Euro 2020 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,” De Boer, who is also brother of the current head coach of the national team Frank De Boer, told a news portal. “If the view on playing time does not improve, he may have to declare that he should be loaned or even sold.
Having joined from Ajax Amsterdam in the summer, Van de Beek has struggled to turn himself into a first-team regular and scored only one goal – on his Premier League debut against Crystal Palace back in September – since his move from Holland. With just 20 appearances and only two of those being Premier League starts, van de Beek clearly lacks of game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United.
The Ajax youth coach also believes that Van de Beek’s playing style is “better suited to the Spanish league than to the English” as the Premier League often “hit and run”, while “more combination football” is played in Spain. The 23-year-old Van de Beek was a key player for Ajax as he played a major role in the Dutch side’s run to the Champions League semifinals in 2018/19 season.
“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,” he added. “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.”
The Dutch national team booked their Euro 2020 qualification in 2019 and ended their self-inflicted exile from major tournament football, having failed to reach Euro 2016 or last year’s World Cup. In a 0-0 draw away to Northern Ireland, the Dutch team secured a top-two finish in Group C. They needed just a draw to guarantee a spot at its first international tournament since coming third at the 2014 World Cup.
Netherlands have been drawn in Group C of Euro 2020, alongside Austria, Ukraine and debutants North Macedonia. The UEFA’s major international tournament, which was postponed in the summer of 2020, will be staged this year. Johan CruijffArena in Amsterdam is one of the venues of the tournament and the Dutch team will play three fixtures at home soil.