Donny van de Beek admitted it was gutting to hear he wouldn’t take part in this summer’s European Championship, due to a groin injury.
It compounds a miserable year for the 24-year-old, who struggled for game time at United following his £35million transfer from Ajax last year. Van de Beek will now look to get fit for the start of next season and win a regular spot in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
He took to Instagram to post a video reacting to the news, sending his support to the Dutch side, to whom he will be a big loss for the tournament.
Van de Beek said: “As you may have already learned, I unfortunately had to leave the team due to a groin injury. A big disappointment, especially because it would be my first European Championship and unfortunately I can’t be there now.
“I want to thank you for all the sweet messages I have received, it means a lot to me. I want to wish the players, the staff, and last but not least the fans a great European Championship.”
Netherlands boss Frank de Boer sent his sympathy to Van de Beek but has opted not to call up a midfield replacement to his squad, on the eve of the tournament.
“It is always sad when boys have to drop out injured,” said the Dutch boss. “To join the group at this stage is not exactly ideal. We are two weeks on the road, I don’t like that. I also have enough midfielders in my roster to absorb it. Of course there can always be a situation where you decide differently, but at the moment I prefer to leave the group as it is.”