Donny van de Beek’s attitude in training has been hailed by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – while it has also emerged that the out-of-favour star “feels loved” at Manchester United.
The Dutchman faces an uncertain future at Old Trafford, having failed to nail down a regular first-team spot following his £35millon move from Ajax last summer.
The Netherlands international has started just two games under Solskjaer this season, although a recent injury setback has also hindered his progress.
And this week it was claimed that Van de Beek has had enough and is ready to put his nightmare behind him, with showdown talks with United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward on the horizon.
But, speaking ahead of United’s Europa League last-16 second-leg clash with AC Milan on Thursday night, Solskjaer heaped glowing praise on the midielder.
As well as Van de Beek, Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani are also back for United’s crunch trip to Italy.
With the round of 16 clash tied at 1-1 after last week’s first leg at Old Trafford, Solskjaer’s side head to Italy bolstered by returning players.
Solskjaer said: “There’s always speculation here. They’ve been involved with the training session. Let’s see tomorrow whether there’s any reaction or not.
“Donny has been working really hard to get back available for the latter stages of the season now. That’s our focus.”
Solskjaer’s comments come on the same day that Ronald de Boer claimed that the midfielder is enjoying life in Manchester – despite his struggles in his debut season.
The former Ajax and Barcelona midfielder did, however, hint that Van de Beek may have to move on is his lack of football continues.
“I spoke to Ajax and they said there’s no truth in it at all,” he told talkSPORT 2. “He didn’t ask to speak to them.
“He’s just focusing on his recovery on his ankle, and it’s not true that he asked Man United to leave.
De Boer added: “His agent also told me that of course he’s not happy that he’s not playing. He’s only had two starts under Solskjaer and that’s not what he hoped for when he joined Man United.
“He’s not worried, of course he wants to play every game. But he’s not worried that he can’t succeed.
“He has to have a review after this year, asking where do I stand? Do I have a possibility to succeed here or not? Otherwise, I have to make a move.
“We will see where he’s heading next year, maybe he stays at Man United or maybe another club is interesting for him.
“But he’s not panicking at all, he told his agent he’s so happy at Man United because the club is one of the best in terms of how they treat him, he feels loved.”