£120,000-a-week playmaker could leave Man United in January

Man United have fielded several loan enquiries for unsettled summer signing Donny van de Beek. The 23-year-old midfielder has struggled to make an impact at the Theatre of Dreams since his £40m summer move from Ajax and has been restricted to only two PL starts.

Donny has been an unused substitute in each of the Red Devils last six PL games and played an extremely limited role in his side’s ascent to the top of the table.

With the European Championships on the horizon, van de Beek could be forgiven for growing concerned for his international prospects, but the Red Devils are set to resist the temptation to allow him to leave, even on a temporary basis, this month.

Man United were knocked out of the EFL Cup by rivals Man City earlier this month but remain in contention for the FA Cup and UEL, while they currently lead the chasing pack in the PL by two points at the halfway stage.

The Norwegian manager is desperate to end the campaign with silverware and to that end is unwilling to trim his squad any more than is necessary. That means keeping hold of the Netherlands international, who is in line for a more prominent role in the second half of the season.

Red Devils will also rebuff offers for the likes of Brandon Williams and Axel Tuanzebe, while the Norwegian manager is hoping Jesse Lingard can be convinced to remain until the end of the campaign.

As well as the need to maintain a big squad due to the sheer number of fixtures, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to guard against the prospect of Covid-19 potentially decimating his squad.