Paul Ince has claimed “the writing is on the wall” as far as Donny van de Beek’s Manchester United future is concerned, with a January exit looking increasingly likely.

Van de Beek was handed a rare start as the Red Devils took on Young Boys in their opening Champions League game of the season.

It was the Dutchman’s first start of the new campaign, but it didn’t go to plan as he was hauled off at the break after Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s dismissal.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed the change was entirely tactical, in an unsuccessful attempt to repel the Swiss outfit’s aerial attack in the shock 2-1 defeat.

Donny van de Beek started in midweek, but was withdrawn at half-time

"Like Harry said here as well, the signs were there in the last five minutes of the first-half that we were going to get crosses in the box," Solskjaer said.

"We knew they'd put the big tall striker on and we had to deal with their switches a lot better.”

However, Ince isn’t buying that explanation and offered a blunt verdict when asked if he felt Van de Beek was still in Solskjaer’s long-term plans.

“Absolutely no chance!” Ince told The United Stand YouTube channel. “He’s tried to make the player happy [by playing him].

“It’s always tough when you don’t play to come and make an impression on your first start and to sub him off at half-time… what does it say to us, what does it say to the fans?

What does it say to Donny? ‘If I can’t get a full game against Young Boys, ten men or no ten men, then it’s time for me to go.’

“There’s nothing Ole could say that would persuade me that my future is at Manchester United. I wish it was because it’s the biggest club in the world but he needs to play football.”

United shelled out more than £30million for the former Ajax midfielder last summer, but after a frustrating first season in English football, his opportunities promise to be limited again.

Paul Ince is predicting Van de Beek will be sold in the January window (


Sunday Mirror)

Ince believes that the dye has now been cast in regards to his future at Old Trafford and is expecting his old club to try and negotiate an exit in four months’ time.

He continued: “‘[Scott] McTominay is back now, [Nemanja] Matic – who I love – is back, he’s got Fred.

“He’s never not going to play [Bruno] Fernandes or [Paul] Pogba, he’s got [Jesse] Lingard who can play in that role so the signs are there and I expect him to be gone in January.

“Whether it’s a loan… they won’t be getting the money back that they paid for him.

“You feel sorry for him because he looks like a nice lad, looks like he wants to do well, looks like the ultimate professional and he must know now that the ‘writing is on the wall, unfortunately.”

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