It’s fair to say Mark Hughes has been less than impressed with Donny van de Beek at Manchester United so far…
Back in the summer when Manchester United sanctioned a big-money move to sign Donny van de Beek, it’s fair to say us supporters were excited.
After all, we were acquiring someone in a position of need, who greatly impressed during his time at Ajax. His start to life in Manchester was promising, too. His debut goal against Crystal Palace feels like so long ago now, though.
Over time, Van de Beek’s minutes have only reduced, not increased. That alone should tell you everything you need about how poorly the 23-year-old has been playing.
Now I do have sympathy as chances have been few and far between, particularly lately. However, Van de Beek’s big chance is here – and it came in the form of a Paul Pogba injury…
The Dutchman would be handed a rare start against West Ham United in the FA Cup on Tuesday night. Again, though, he’d feel to grasp that opportunity with both hands. United’s #34 looked nervous, confident and somewhat lost. His face when he was substituted midway through the second half summed it all up perfectly.
Now, former United star Mark Hughes has shared his concern about Van de Beek, as the £40million man continues to struggle…
Check out what Sparky had to say here:
“You just sense… it looks like they don’t trust him with the ball yet.” Hughes told talkSPORT.
“When the likes of Fred and Matic look up and they see Rashford, they see Martial, they see Greenwood, who is still a young player but has great talent, it’s like they defer to them, their first thought is to pass to them.
“Van de Beek, I haven’t seen a great deal of movement, I haven’t seen little movements to get in pockets of space, even though you suspect that’s the player he is and those are the areas he wants to work in.
“He’s been disappointing again. He’s playing for Manchester United, a huge club, he’s got to show more than he’s showing at the moment.
“Yeah you want to give the boy a chance, and he probably feels a bit aggrieved that he hasn’t had a run of games, he’s probably feeling a bit hard done by.
“But you have to say, given what he’s produced in the time he’s had, he doesn’t deserve more than that. So he’s got to show more.”
I’d be wrong to deny Van de Beek’s talent. This young man can play as we shaw in flashes at the start of the term. I do put it down to a lack of playing time and confidence that’s through the floor.
Over time, I’m still pretty sure that Van de Beek will be an asset for this club. However, this season is probably a write-off. When Pogba inevitably departs this summer, I believe that’ll be the boost which will spur the Dutchman on to bigger and better things.
I don’t doubt that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will keep the faith in the Ajax academy graduate and it’s up to us fans to follow that lead. Sure, we’d all love to watch Van de Beek playing at a higher level than he is right now – but he’ll get there eventually.
Yes, the concerns are real but give Donny time and he’s going to prove us all wrong.