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Van de Beek should never have joined Manchester United: Van Basten

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Former Ajax and Holland legend Marco Van Basten has slammed Manchester United and said Donny van de Beek shouldn’t have joined them.

Marco van Basten discussed Donny van de Beek’s lack of game time at Manchester United after arriving from Ajax in the summer.

The Dutch legend insists Donny van de Beek should not have joined Manchester United and will struggle for game time at Old Trafford.

Van de Beek is yet to be named on the starting lineup in a Premier League match after arriving from Ajax for close to £39.1million (€44m).


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Van de Beek was unused substitute in Saturday’s goalless draw with Chelsea and has only played 60 minutes of football in four Premier League matches.

Van de Beek, who was previously tipped to join Real Madrid, played the final two minutes of United’s Champions League win at Paris Saint-Germain, while the 23-year-old started both EFL Cup games, having scored off the bench in the club’s Premier League opener.

Legendary former Ajax, Milan and Netherlands striker Van Basten discussed Van de Beek’s situation at the Theatre of Dreams.

“Donny should not have gone to Manchester United,” Van Basten said on Ziggo Sport’ ‘Rondo’. “When you are a good player you want to play every week.

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“It is really bad for a player like Donny to play only six or seven games this year. That is shocking for your match rhythm.

“I know he is earning loads and loads more than he used to.

“But as a top player you have to be critical and look at the chances of playing when you sign for a new club.

“Donny should have waited for better prospects and signed for another club.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s midfield options include stars Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Fred, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay.

Solskjaer has preferred Fred and McTominay behind Fernandes in midfield against Chelsea, PSG and Newcastle United, with Pogba on the bench.

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Despite his limited Premier League minutes, Van de Beek has a passing accuracy of 83.33 percent, which is better than Pogba and Fernandes.

He has also created one chance so far and this is equal with Fred, McTominay and Matic.

United host RB Leipzig in Champions League action on Wednesday, before welcoming Arsenal to Manchester in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Red Devils are 15th in the Premier League through five match days, six points off the pace.