Man United transfer news: "Criminally underused" star urged to quit Old Trafford

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Express & Star journalist Luke Hatfield has urged Donny van de Beek to end his Old Trafford hell after being "criminally underused" by Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The midfielder is out of favour under Solskjaer and has been restricted to just six minutes of Premier League action this season.

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Van de Beek's lack of opportunities have come despite Solskjaer persuading the United hierarchy to fork out up to £40million to sign the Dutchman from Ajax last year.

After securing the Netherlands international's services, Solskjaer hailed his newest acquisition's 'technical attributes' and captain Harry Maguire claimed he was an 'excellent signing'.

But United supporters have had barely any opportunities to see van de Beek perform to the best of his ability as he has been limited to just 40 outings for the Red Devils.

A lack of action has left van de Beek frustrated and he has stepped up his efforts to force a move away from Old Trafford by taking his team-mates' advice and hiring a new agent amid loan interest from Premier League rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton.

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While Solskjaer understands the 24-year-old's disappointment after failing to break into his preferred starting line-up, van de Beek suffered another blow when his boss claimed he 'can't have sulkers' in his squad.

What has Luke Hatfield said about van de Beek?

Hatfield has blasted Solskjaer's treatment of van de Beek since his arrival at Old Trafford.

The journalist believes the creative midfielder has already shown he is capable of performing in the Premier League and should seek a switch to one of United's domestic rivals.

Hatfield told GIVEMESPORT: "He's been criminally underused at United.

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"I think there's a lot of United fans and a lot of football fans in general who are wondering what's going on with him because he's obviously a very gifted player. We saw just how good he was at Ajax.

"He's a player that needs to find a home in the Premier League."

Is van de Beek's situation likely to change at United?

While Solskjaer remains at the helm, it appears unlikely that he will be able to force his way into the starting line-up on a consistent basis.

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Other midfielders such as Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay are clearly ahead of van de Beek in the pecking order and it will be difficult for the ex-Ajax man to dislodge them.

His lack of action has also proved costly at international level. Although he has won 19 Netherlands caps, he has only made four starts since leaving his homeland and has not even earned a call-up since March, meaning he missed out on a place at Euro 2020.

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