Man United ended deadline day in the summer of 2020 with five new signings, securing the signatures of Alex Telles, Willy Kambwala, Amad Diallo, Facundo Pellistri, and Edinson Cavani.
In this window’s deadline day, however, things were very different as apart from Daniel James moving to Leeds United, no incomings or outgoings passed through the Old Trafford doors.
The relative quiet this time around was more to do with United’s reluctance to allow one of their fringe players to leave in the last hours of the window.
According to Dutch outlet AD.nl, Everton were interested in making a late deadline day swoop for Donny van de Beek. Rafael Benitez’ side were understood to be exploring the option of signing him on loan.
Nevertheless, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blocked Everton’s approach, denying any late exit and deemed Van de Beek’s transfer to Goodison Park as ‘non-negotiable’.
The 24-year-old has been left out of Louis van Gaal’s squad for Netherlands’ upcoming World Cup qualifiers. The former United manager seems in no mood to call up the the midfielder without regular game-time at club level.
But considering the squad dynamics at play under the Norwegian boss, it’s tough to see the ex-Ajax man accumulate the desired minutes.
Interestingly, according to the Athletic, the Premier League giants received no formal offers for him. He was also not made available by the club.
Fortunately, the relationship between the manager and the player is still intact, with Van de Beek continuing to work behind the scenes and transforming his physique to save his career at the Theatre of Dreams.