‘Not far away’ Manchester United handed injury boost in final weeks of season

The Red Devils will have a squad player back in the months to come

Manchester United have been handed a major injury boost as midfielder Donny Van de Beek has revealed that he is ‘not far away’ from a return to football after missing much of the season through a knee injury.

The Dutchman has played just seven times this season, and it is unclear what his future holds at Old Trafford after three seasons of being left among the substitutes and reserves under both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick.

However, he initially rose to prominence under Erik ten Hag at Ajax, prompting United to splash out £40m on the then 23-year-old, and there was hope that he could rediscover his form under their former boss during their time together at Old Trafford.

Though that has not happened yet, Van de Beek is on the road to recovery ahead of next season.

“I’m busy with my recovery after my injury and everything is going well,” he told MUTV. “It’s hard to give you a time but we have to see how everything goes.

“I’m doing a lot of gym work and getting closer to being on the pitch, which is positive. I’m not far away.”

What next for Donny?

Midfield is a position that United clearly want to improve upon in the months to come, despite having signed Casemiro last summer.

Christian Eriksen is still going strong but is now well into his 30s, while Marcel Sabitzer is only on loan from Bayern Munich, though it could well be made permanent this summer.

Neither Scott McTominay nor Fred seem to feature heavily in Ten Hag’s plans either, which could see Van de Beek feature more in the Dutchman’s plans in the coming season.

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