Marco van Basten has questioned Manchester United’s limited use of Donny van de Beek and has criticised the midfielder’s decision to move to Old Trafford.
Van de Beek moved to the Premier League during the summer in a £40m move from Ajax but has endured a difficult start to his career in English football, failing to start a single league fixture and remaining an unused substitute during the goalless draw with Chelsea on Saturday.
The Netherlands international’s limited game time has been criticised by the player’s agent who slammed Van de Beek’s late introduction as a substitute against Brighton last month, whilst former United defender, Patrice Evra, has questioned the club’s decision to sign the 23-year-old.
Patrice Evra on Sky: "Why did we buy Van de Beek? I have nothing against him. He's watching the game from the stands. We don't need him. Nobody will say it but that's the truth." 👀😶 pic.twitter.com/zyd1Jx3Yxo
— Stretford Paddock (@StretfordPaddck) October 24, 2020
Holland legend Van Basten has now offered his verdict on Van de Beek’s peripheral status and believes the midfielder’s move to the Premier League will be ‘bad’ for his career if he cannot force his way into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans in the coming weeks.
“It is very bad for such a boy to only play six or seven times in a year,” Van Basten told Ziggo Sport.
“That’s terrible for your rhythm! You can earn a lot more, but you also have to see where you can play.
“Is it about a five-year contract that he can sign? No, that’s bullsh*t. Then you shouldn’t go to Manchester United, but wait with it or for another club. You have to want to play football every week, and such a club is then bad for your career.”