Man United flop Donny van de Beek’s nightmare hits a new low after he is left out of Eintracht Frankfurt’s Europa Conference League squad in a shock blow… with midfielder struggling to revive his career in Germany

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  • The midfielder was left out of the club’s Europa Conference League group
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Manchester United flop Donny van de Beek’s spiraling career has hit a new low after being left out of Eintracht Frankfurt’s Europa Conference League group.

The midfielder (26) joined the Bundesliga club until the end of the season last month after struggling for minutes under his former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford.

However, he endured a difficult start to life in Germany and has now been dealt a new blow after being omitted from their squad for the European competition.

Van de Beek struggled to make an impression in his first three appearances for Frankfurt and was taken off at half-time during their win over Mainz last month.

According to UEFA regulations, clubs can only make three changes to their 25-man squad before the knockout stages – and Van de Beek was the man to miss out.

Donny van de Beek has been left out of Eintracht Frankfurt's Europa Conference League group

Donny van de Beek has been left out of Eintracht Frankfurt’s Europa Conference League group

Manchester United flop Van de Beek has struggled to revive his ailing career in Germany

Manchester United flop Van de Beek has struggled to revive his ailing career in Germany

Sasa Kalajdzic and Hugo Ekitike, who will arrive in January, as well as Philipp Max, were selected instead, leaving Van de Beek’s future looking bleak just weeks after his time.

He is yet to score or assist in his three appearances for Frankfurt and found himself on the substitutes’ bench for the 2-0 defeat to Koln on Saturday.

Incredibly, he has only created one chance for his teammates since joining the club.

It is reported that Van de Beek’s loan could be turned permanent at the end of the season for a fee of £9.5m, although Frankfurt are unlikely to exercise this option.

Van de Beek still has 18 months left on his contract at United but, despite Ten Hag’s injury crisis, played just 21 minutes in total this season before leaving.

In each of his appearances so far for Frankfurt, he has been substituted.

The midfielder failed to make an impression in his first three appearances for Frankfurt

The midfielder failed to make an impression in his first three appearances for Frankfurt

United boss Erik ten Hag believes injuries are mainly to blame for Van de Beek's nightmare

United boss Erik ten Hag believes injuries are mainly to blame for Van de Beek’s nightmare

Despite joining United in 2020, Van de Beek has made just 23 starts over three-and-a-half years under three different bosses, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ralf Rangnick and Ten Hag.

However, Ten Hag believes injuries are mainly to blame for Van de Beek’s misery.

“First of all, he had a lot of injuries,” Ten Hag said. “From the first moment I came here at Manchester United, he wasn’t the player he was at Ajax because he was injured.

‘He was unavailable so many times and then he struggled for a long time to recover from that injury. That’s probably the main reason why he didn’t play.

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


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