On Tuesday, Donny van de Beek was due to make a rare start as Michael Carrick was in charge of his first Manchester United encounter. Donny van de Beek was given only his third start of the season as Michael Carrick took command for the first time in Manchester United’s football match against Villarreal on Tuesday.
Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dismissal on Sunday United made their first appearance, and Carrick – dubbed caretaker manager ahead of an expected interim appointment – made his presence felt. Van de Beek was thrust into the starting XI after a strong cameo off the bench in Solskjaer’s final game in which the team suffered a 4-1 defeat against Watford and that urged the management to sack the Norwegian manager as football news reports.
In that encounter, the Dutchman scored United’s sole goal in only his third Premier League appearance of the season. Van de Beek has been oddly marginalized, making just four Premier League starts in 2020-21 since arriving from Ajax for almost £45 million last year.
As a result, he has lost his place in the Netherlands team, and media reports have suggested he was plotting a move away during the January transfer window. On the other hand, Carrick chose to offer him a rare opportunity right away, with Bruno Fernandes being the one to leave the team.