Ten Hag drops Manchester United player from squad list after he fails to leave

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag reacts.

Erik ten Hag has dropped a big Manchester United name from his Champions League squad REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo.

Manchester United were one of the busiest clubs in the Premier League in the final 48 hours of the summer transfer window, as they scrambled to get multiple deals over the lines.

Altay Bayindir, Sergio Reguilon, and Sofyan Amrabat all moved to Old Trafford late in the window. Even Jonny Evans’ arrival on a short-term deal was confirmed on deadline day.

The Red Devils were equally busy offloading their existing stars who aren’t part of Erik ten Hag’s short-term or long-term plans. Dean Henderson and Teden Mengi left on permanent deals and Alvaro Fernandez joined Granada on loan. Meanwhile, Mason Greenwood was shipped out, temporarily, as Getafe agreed to give him an opportunity to revive his career.

Van de Beek fails to leave Manchester United before the close of transfer window

Heading into the summer, United also hoped to push Donny van de Beek out the door. The English giants were involved in concrete talks with Real Sociedad for the Dutchman’s exit and reportedly even accepted a proposal from Ligue 1 side FC Lorient.

Still, the 26-year-old failed to find a new club and remains at Carrington after the close of the transfer window in England and other major European leagues.

However, Ten Hag’s plans regarding his situation in the team haven’t changed as the manager snubbed him from United’s 25-man Champions League squad for the group stage. Van de Beek hasn’t been included in a matchday squad this season and will now miss out on facing Bayern Munich, Copenhagen, and Galatasaray in Europe.

There’s a slim chance he might leave as the Turkish transfer window is still open until September 15. On Monday, Eric Bailly permanently left United to join Besiktas. Considering his stature at Old Trafford, Van de Beek should also do everything in his power to make a similar move happen.