Former Dutch forward Marco van Basten claims that Manchester United Midwayer Donny van de Beek’s lack of game time is bad for his rhythm and the 23-year-old should have joined a club where he can play more regularly.
United signed a five-year deal with Van de Beek from Ajax last summer, saying that they paid an initial fee of 35 m to the Dutch side.
However, the Dutch international made just four substitute appearances in the Premier League and was not used in the 0-0 draw against Chelsea on Saturday.
“Donny wasn’t supposed to go to United. When you’re a good player you want to play every week,” Van Basten told Dutch TV channel Ziggo Sport.
“It’s very unfortunate for a player like Donny to play six or seven games this year. That’s surprising because of your rhythm.
“I know he’s getting more than he used to. But you have to be critical as a top player and look at the likelihood of playing when you sign up for a new club. Donny was expected to wait for better chances and sign for another club.
Former United Defender Patrice Evra said that United did not need Van de Beek after the Chelsea game.
“That’s the fact,” said the Frenchman to Sky Sports. “Nothing against the boy, but why did we buy him? He’s watching every game from the stand.”
Evra’s former teammate, Gary Neville, said he was baffled by Van de Beek’s lack of matches.
“He must wonder, ‘What am I doing here?'” said Neville.
United are 15th in the Premier League table after five games, but they could rise as far as the fifth should they win their game in hand.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘s side faces RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Wednesday, before welcoming Arsenal to Old Trafford on Sunday.