Donny van de Beek’s miserable season looks set to continue, with the Manchester United midfielder appearing as a major doubt for Netherlands’ Euro 2020 opener.
The former Ajax midfielder made the move to the Premier League last summer and would have hoped to have made a major impact in his first campaign.
However, under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the midfielder’s opportunities were scarce, starting just four league games all season.
It meant his inclusion in Frank de Boer’s 26-man squad was thrown into doubt ahead of the European Championships.
However, Van de Beek was named, with Tottenham ’s Steven Bergwijn instead left out.
The former Crystal Palace boss was forced to defend his decision, bizarrely claiming he had played 4,000 minutes this term.
“Have you seen how many minutes Van de Beek has made this year? He’s in the top seven or top six,” he explained.
“It is therefore not the case that he has made no minutes, he is around 4000. Frenkie de Jong is in the top, he is around 5600 minutes. Fortunately Donny has played recently.”
He subsequently walked back those comments, saying: “It was not my finest press conference. And with that, I’d like to let it go. Let us now focus on football.
“That I got the data on Donny wrong really was not that bad. It just shows I’m getting older.”
Despite De Boer’s confusing comments, Van de Beek has been little more than a bystander in Oranje’s two warm-up friendly matches.
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He was on the bench for the 2-2 draw with Scotland, before not being included altogether against Georgia on Sunday.
On Monday, the United outcast was spotted training away from the main group alongside Matthijs de Ligt, who is struggling with an injury.
That seems to suggest that he could be carrying a knock, with Netherlands’ opening Group C fixture vs Ukraine just six days away.
The manager’s brother Ronald has offered some insight into the player’s training performances, suggesting that we may see “the real Donny van de Beek” this summer.
“I hear in training, he does well, so there is still the confidence there but of course you want to play regularly. You can’t play every game, but what he did this year was not what he had in mind,” Ronald said.
“I’m confident in the boy, I know him a little bit, I trained him in his youth, he’s a great character, he’s a cool boy, he knows what he wants.
“Even in the European Championship, you might see the real Donny van de Beek.”
At this point, there has to be serious question marks over whether we see Donny van de Beek at all, at least for the opener, his inclusion in the starting XI looks highly unlikely.