Manchester United ace Donny van de Beek tipped for transfer exit just months after signing
Donny van de Beek needs 'more play time at United' says pundit
Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek could be looking for an Old Trafford exit just months after joining the club, according to Dimitar Berbatov. The Holland international made the switch from Ajax in the summer but has been used sparingly by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Van de Beek has not been able force his way into the side with Bruno Fernandes in sparking form.
Solskjaer also prefers to use Paul Pogba, Fred and Scott McTominay in the deeper midfield roles.
That has meant Van de Beek has been limited to just 10 Premier League appearances with the vast majority coming from the bench.
Berbatov thinks it would be understandable if the 23-year-old was looking to escape as a result.
“I don’t know what is going on with Donny van de Beek,” Berbatov told Betfair.
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“I said before he signed that I like him as a player, he was great for Ajax and his national team, but now he can’t get a game at United.
“I don’t watch the training sessions and the little time he does get on the pitch isn’t enough to judge him.
“He needs a run of games in a row to give him confidence. I can see that his confidence isn’t high at the moment, and that’s normal because when you don’t play you start punishing yourself and ask questions of yourself.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he is starting to look for the exit and nobody will blame him. Something isn’t working.”
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United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently opened up on how he has been using Van de Beek.
“Donny has played well when he’s had the chance,” said Solskjaer.
“I think we are too quick sometimes to jump on, ‘Oh he’s not playing, it’s a failure’.
“But with Victor and Fred as examples, it takes a little bit of time and now they are massively important players in our squad, in our team, which will be the same with Donny.
“He has come in and he is in a midfield group there with quality, challenging with Bruno [Fernandes], Juan [Mata] and Jesse [Lingard].
“I have loads of No 10s, loads of central midfielders with Paul [Pogba], Nemanja [Vidic], Scott [McTominay] and Fred, and Donny has done well when he has come in.
“He is always ready, he always works hard in training, he’s positive and he will make differences in many games for us this season. He will grow more and more for next year.”
United return to action against Watford in the FA Cup third round tomorrow evening (8pm).
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