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The former Ajax star has only scored once and assisted once in 19 appearances across all competitions.
Van De Beek has been on the bench for United's last three Premier League clashes and hasn't started for the Red Devils since their 2-0 win over Everton in the League Cup.
The United midfielder's lack of match time over the Christmas period has even caught the eye of the press in his native homeland.
According to Sport Witness, a report in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf has suggested that Van De Beek should 'pack his bags straight away' if he is snubbed for the upcoming City clash.
Van De Beek's United woes could also result in him being overlooked by the Netherlands for the rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament this summer.
The Netherlands international has reportedly been linked with Juventus for a summer move, but it would seem highly unlikely for United to allow Van De Beek to leave as early as January.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has staunchly defended his position over Van De Beek by suggesting that the midfielder needs more time to settle at the Red Devils.
The 47-year-old Norwegian explained: "When players come into a new league, a new team, it's always going to be a time of [transition]. When Donny has played, he's played really well.
"I think it says a lot about our depth of quality in the squad that we don't have to use him every single game because we have other players as well."
United will welcome City to Old Trafford on Wednesday for their League Cup semi-final clash.
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