Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes that Donny van de Beek’s switch to Old Trafford was a mistake.
Competition for places in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s midfield is rife, and Van de Beek has often been left on the bench as Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Fred and Scott McTominay enjoy first-team action.
Van de Beek has been restriced to a mere two starts in the top flight this season, and Van Gaal believes that the 23-year-old did not make the best decision when putting pen to paper on a United deal.
Speaking to Ziggo, Van Gaal said: “I hope his time will come, but I don’t think he made a good choice. I said that right away.
“If you have Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes, what position should Van de Beek be in? He doesn’t have the qualities of Pogba and Fernandes. And now you see that Pogba often doesn’t start. Where should Van de Beek play then?
“I think you could have seen that beforehand. There are so many teams, which could have done better justice to him, also in the top division. He is a boy with many qualities.”
Van de Beek was an unused substitute in Saturday’s goalless Manchester derby, but the midfielder will be hopeful of getting some minutes on the board when the Red Devils travel to Bramall Lane to take on Sheffield United on Thursday evening.