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Donny van de Beek breaks silence on Man Utd exit as Old Trafford nightmare finally over

Donny van de Beek
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Donny van de Beek has expressed his gratitude to Manchester United following the conclusion of his torrid tenure at Old Trafford.

The midfielder is on the brink of transferring to the Spanish outfit Girona. Van de Beek announced his departure via Instagram, writing: "Dear Manchester United family. Today is a memorable day as my adventure at the club comes to an end. I want to thank you all for your support throughout the years.

"From the moment we arrived at Manchester United, we felt extremely welcome and we are grateful for that. Thank you to everyone at the club for making us feel at home. A special thanks to all the fans that made these years unforgettable. Besides the football, the birth of our two children here ensures that Manchester will always have a special place in our hearts. Good luck to everybody, we'll meet again."

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Manchester United skipper Bruno Fernandes was among the first to express his well-wishes. Responding to Van de Beek's post, he wrote: "You deserve the best," accompanying his words with a red heart emoji.

Girona will hardly dent their finances with Van de Beek's acquisition. According to rumours, their initial outlay for the midfielder would amount to a mere $500k (£380k/€450k)

This constitutes a significant setback for the Red Devils, considering they initially expended $45m (£35m/€42m) for Van de Beek when signing him up from Ajax.

Since joining Manchester United, he's only made 62 appearances and found the back of the net a mere two times. The midfielder was loaned to Everton in the latter half of the 2021/22 season in an attempt to rejuvenate his Premier League career, but he only managed seven games.

Van de Beek's chances didn't improve much after a six-month loan at Eintracht Frankfurt last season, where he played just eight times. He wasn't even included in the German club's European squad, a move that former manager Dino Topmoller later apologized for.

At the time, he said: "He's only played a total of four games in the last two years, so it won't happen overnight. But I have 100 per cent confidence in his quality, he'll definitely help us in the second half of the season. I told Donny that I was sorry but also what I expected from him now."

Erik ten Hag, who was Van de Beek's boss at Ajax, has tried to shed light on why the player hasn't lived up to expectations at Old Trafford. He pointed out: "He has had many injuries, first of all.

"From the first moment I came in here at Manchester United, he wasn't the player he was at Ajax because he was injured. So many times he was not available and then he struggled for a long time to recover from that injury. That is probably the main reason why he was not playing."

"We decided for a loan in the summer but it didn't come and then his opportunities are few because also we make appointments and we make agreements with players and contract players in that position. The competition was high."

Liverpool.com says: Van de Beek arrived at Old Trafford with a fine reputation after starring for Ajax. But he has never really looked up to the demands of the Premier League. He will now hope to get his career back on track in Spain with his signing one of many mistakes from United in recent years.