Erik promises Donny will get his chances
Donny van de Beek will be provided with opportunities to show his true capabilities at Manchester United, once he regains full fitness.
That's the promise from his manager and fellow countryman, Erik ten Hag, as the Netherlands midfielder misses out on a reunion with his former loan club, Everton.
Van de Beek is still sidelined with a muscle problem and will therefore not be an option for Ten Hag in Sunday's Premier League encounter at Goodison Park.
When asked by journalists if he was confident van de Beek can still have an impact at Old Trafford, the boss replied: "He has to be fit. Obviously, that is a disadvantage.
"He is now here for two-and-a-half years. He had pre-season, that was quite okay, then his chances will come. When he came on against Brighton, he came on as a sub and did very well, but you have to be available and, when you are not available, you cannot get a place in the first XI.
"Now he has to make sure he gets fit and fights for his position.”
Van de Beek, who also played under Ten Hag at Ajax, has made three appearances this term, all as substitute, against Brighton, Brentford and Liverpool.
The 25-year-old has resumed individual training but is not yet working with the full squad at Carrington.
A realistic target for a return may be in one of the upcoming home Europa League games, against Omonia Nicosia and Sheriff Tiraspol, as United's congested October schedule continues.