Frank De Boer has suggested that Donny van de Beek’s style is not suited to the Premier League and has urged the midfielder to discuss his future with Manchester United.
Van de Beek arrived at Man Utd a £35m deal from Ajax during the summer with a burgeoning reputation, but has struggled to make any kind of impact for the Red Devils where he has started just two Premier League fixtures.
The Dutch international has failed to win favour with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and was once again left on the substitutes’ bench for the Carabao Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday, with Netherlands boss De Boer urging the midfielder to consider leaving ahead of this summer’s European Championships.
“The European Championship is coming, he will undoubtedly want to be there. Maybe it would be good for him to discuss with the club exactly what they want with him,” De Boer told AD [via Sport Witness]. “If the view on playing time does not improve, he may have to declare that he should be rented or even sold.
“You have to be lucky every now and then. Of course it doesn’t look great now, but with a great performance it can suddenly change completely.
“We also don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes. Perhaps they have made certain agreements with his transfer, they will get him ready for next year this season. That always remains a bit of a guess.”
De Boer – who previously endured a short and unsuccessful stint as Crystal Palace manager – believes that Van de Beek’s style would thrive in Spanish football and has questioned whether the Premier League suits the star’s skillset.
“I think his playing style is better suited to the Spanish league than to the English,” De Boer added. “In the Premier League it is often run and fly, in Spain more combination football is played. Donny is physically fine. But he comes into his own better in the Ajax game.”