FOOTBALL: Van de Beek’s agent claims he wanted to leave Manchester United because Pogba was playing even though he was late

Donny van de Beck was devastated to find Paul Pogba playing ahead of him at Manchester United

Don­ny van de Beck was dev­as­tat­ed to find Paul Pog­ba play­ing ahead of him at Man­ches­ter United.

For­mer Ajax star van de Beek was one of Europe’s most watched play­ers when he joined Unit­ed for £40m in the sum­mer of 2020.

How­ev­er, the mid­field­er’s career took a nose­dive, and he even failed to make a loan move to Ever­ton in Jan­u­ary last season.

Now back at Unit­ed, Van de Beek remains a bit­part play­er despite Dutch man­ag­er Eric ten Haag lead­ing the side.

But in the Man­ches­ter der­by against Man­ches­ter City, he wants to have a good chance.

For­mer VDB agent Gui­do Albers told Voet­bal Primeur: “I saw how dis­ap­point­ed he was with Man­ches­ter Unit­ed.
And I’ve seen up close what they did to change the situation.

“In Hol­land, Don­ny was well received, per­formed well and was well received by the fans.

“He nev­er played for Man­ches­ter Unit­ed. His rela­tion­ship with the club has become very chilled.

“Paul Pog­ba apol­o­gized for being late to train­ing camp and was allowed to play again.

“Instead of a man who trained 10 hours a day for eight weeks to prove himself.

“At that time, there was that cha­grin. I under­es­ti­mat­ed what not play­ing more would do to his psyche.

“I should have thought about how I could help him earlier.”

VDB, with 19 caps, are now in dan­ger of being left out of the Nether­lands squad for the World Cup. He has played just 19 min­utes this season.

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