A countryman of Donny van de Beek has questioned his decision to join Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spent big on the Ajax superstar this summer, with Manchester United fans expecting Donny van de Beek who’d become an undroppable part of our starting line-up.
However, to say the Dutchman has been eased into things is an understatement. We’ve hardly seen Van de Beek in the Premier League, which is a massive shame because whenever he has played, the midfielder has left us all feeling impressed.
I get that drip-feeding him minutes at the start was the way to go, though at this point, we’ve been given absolutely no reason as to why Van de Beek isn’t playing more. This United team certainly looks better with him in it.
Now, doubts are starting to creep in. His countryman and ex-Everton player John Heitinga has admitted that Van de Beek could have made the wrong choice by joining the Reds this summer…
Check out what Heitinga had to say on Van de Beek’s decision here:
“He has had an impact when coming on,” Heitinga told Stadium Astro.
“I have doubts that he made the right decision in going to Manchester United because they have top quality midfielders – Pogba, Bruno Fernandes.
“He has to get used to the speed of play, the fitness. It’s tough, it’s intense in the Premier League, the Dutch league can’t be compared.
“Frenkie de Jong is playing at Barcelona, Matthijs de Ligt is at Juventus, Hakim Ziyech is playing for Chelsea, so Donny was part of a team and now he has to do it by himself.
“It’s not easy when you see the midfielders at Manchester United to play them out of the team.
“I’m in doubt if he made the right decision to make that move.
I’m not sure Van de Beek made the wrong decision per se. Everyone expected him to feature more heavily than he has done. It’s just that Solskjaer seems adamant at easing him in slowly. In the not too distant future, I don’t doubt that his minutes will increase drastically.
We’re going into the hectic part of the season where we’re playing every three days regularly. This is Van de Beek’s time and I fully expect him to show everyone his class, thus making himself one of the first names on the team-sheet in the process.
The good news is that Van de Beek seems relatively calm and relaxed about the situation. Now I’m not sure how long he’ll stay that way but for the time being, I think he somewhat understands what Solskjaer is doing.
I don’t think these words from Heitinga do anyone any favours at all, but the ex-Everton man is speaking from experience. Moving from the Dutch league to the Premier League isn’t easy and this easing in approach may well be the best thing for the long-term.