The former Ajax man has been linked with loan moves since last summer but it seems the deal might actually happen now.
Romano broke the exclusive, stating that both Crystal Palace and Valencia have enquired about the possibility of taking Van de Beek on loan.
It’s understood Rangnick isn’t open to a departure but Palace will try to convince him, with the midfielder keen on regular minutes.
United are said to be against any buy options in the loan as they hope to have Van de Beek for the 2022/23 squad.
Excl. Crystal Palace and Valencia have both asked for Van de Beek on loan. Donny wants to play, Ragnick reluctant to let him go but Palace will push 🔴🇳🇱 #MUFC
Man Utd are not accepting any loan with buy option proposal – they want Van de Beek to be in the team for season 22/23. pic.twitter.com/Uy4sXyDKzp
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 25, 2022
Here’s what some fans had to say:
So Manchester United rather keep Van De Beek on the bench and ruin his chances of going to the World Cup than letting him go on Loan and play football. He's a young talented boy that deserves to play, this is unfair.
— Trey (@UTDTrey) January 25, 2022
It's a World Cup year. Makes no sense keeping him if we wants to play when he won't play at Utd.
Loan him out without a buy option, best for everyone.
— UtdFaithfuls (@UtdFaithfuls) January 25, 2022
It’s quite insane that we’re keeping him whilst saying “you won’t be getting minutes here but we won’t let you go and we’re keeping you for next season because the new manager, who we still don’t know yet by the way, might like you”. https://t.co/SwRlpgILz9
— UtdArena (@utdarena) January 25, 2022
Although fans want to see more of Van de Beek, whether that’s at the club or on loan, the truth is Ralf Rangnick can’t afford to let him go.
The German boss has only recently found some form of stability at United by turning to a 4-3-3 formation.
This requires three starting midfielders and preferably three backup options to cover for things like injuries, fatigue, form, or now even Covid.
If the talented Dutchman leaves, it will leave the club with a need to invest and it’s understood both the club and Rangnick are hesitant to sign someone who might not appeal to the next manager.