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Manchester United have rebuffed approaches for Donny van de Beek, according to reports. The Netherlands international is currently behind Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in the pecking order and, with the European Championships creeping closer, has been linked with a move away. However, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer supposedly plans to deploy the midfielder more often in the coming weeks and months ahead.

United initially hoped to sign Jack Grealish during the summer transfer window, with Solskjaer earmarking the Aston Villa star as a priority target.

But, after they were quoted a massive £75million to sign the England star, the Red Devils opted to snap up Van de Beek instead.

So far, however, things for the Netherlands international are yet to work out.

Van de Beek has been limited to just 10 top flight appearances this term, with the majority of his chances coming as a substitute.

There’s been talk of a loan move away from Old Trafford, with La Liga and Serie A giants Real Madrid and Inter Milan both emerging as potential suitors.

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nited also want to keep hold of Jesse Lingard, despite the England international experiencing an alarming drop-off in form over the last two years.

And Van de Beek is now poised to play a significant role in the coming weeks ahead.

United legend Edwin van der Sar, who managed Van de Beek’s affairs while the midfielder was at Ajax, believes his compatriot will come good at Old Trafford.

Van der Sar has claimed his compatriot still has the backing of the United hierarchy, despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reluctance to throw him into the firing line.

“I do talk to a lot of people at the club [Manchester United],” Van der Sar told Dutch broadcaster Ziggo Sport.

“Fantastic attitude, he does well in training.

“It [sealing a spot in the Manchester United midfield] is difficult.

“[Paul] Pogba is coming back, [Bruno] Fernandes is very important, [Nemanja] Matic and [Scott] McTominay, are also there.

“It’s no shame at all, it’s also a big club, isn’t it?

“Of course, it’s a large amount [Van de Beek’s transfer fee], but they are confident that he will get there.”

Van de Beek could feature when United lock horns with Liverpool on Sunday.

They’ve not beaten their fierce rivals since March 2018, back when Jose Mourinho was in charge.

And they played out a goalless draw at Anfield in their last meeting a week ago.

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