Ralf Rangnick was asked about Donny van de Beek’s future at Manchester United at his press conference ahead of the clash with Aston Villa.

Van de Beek was reportedly loaned to Newcastle United and Borussia Dortmund, with his battles over playing time continuing under Rangnick.

The German brought him into the second half in Monday’s 1-0 FA Cup third round win over Aston Villa and praised his cameo performance.

He also said he had advised the Dutchman to stay at Old Trafford until the end of the season, despite concerns about his involvement in the 2022 World Cup, unless his game situation changes.

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“I’m happy to have him in the squad,” said Rangnick when asked for the latest information on van de Beek’s situation.

“He came on as a substitute against Villa in the cup game in the last 15-20 minutes and has done well. In training he is always at a high level. I talked to him about this two weeks ago after training.

“I told him I would advise him to stay until the end of the season and then obviously with the World Cup coming up in the winter he wants to play for his country at the World Cup and Louis van Gaal obviously told him that he would has to play regularly for his team in order to attend the World Cup regularly.

“I can understand his desire to play, but on the other hand we have a lot of competition in our squad in exactly these positions.”

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It was recently reported that Rangnick has concerns about van de Beek’s ability to cover the field in midfield and that’s why he hasn’t fielded him.

But he said he was impressed with his training performances and coming on as a substitute against Villa. So what else does van de Beek need to do to get a game?

It’s not that United are playing well; Rangnick is still looking for a formula and van de Beek could be part of the solution.

Rangnick should certainly make more of an effort to use van de Beek when he is not going to use him, rather than just keeping him in the event of an injury crisis or a Covid outbreak.

By the end of the season, Rangnick is set to step aside in the dugout and van de Beek will be another mystery from the manager.

It is to be hoped that he has played for United on more occasions by then unless Rangnick softens his stance and grants a loan move.

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