“I think if he’s not happy, he should push to leave.”
Dimitar Berbatov has told Donny van de Beek to leave Manchester United due to his lack of game time.
Van de Beek joined Man United from Ajax last summer, but he has failed to carve out a guaranteed place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting XI.
So far this Premier League season, Fred, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes have all started for United in midfield, while Van de Beek has not played a minute yet.
Dimitar Berbatov tells Donny van de Beek to leave Man United
As a result, former United striker Berbatov has said that the Dutch international should leave, or else he might lose his place in his country’s starting XI.
He told Betfair: “I don’t think we’re going to see any more playing time from Donny van de Beek.
“It’s a really strange, disappointing and surprising situation. They spent around £35million on him and, to pay that for a player who isn’t starting many games, doesn’t make sense.
“I’m not blaming the player at all, but for me, it’s one of the most disappointing transfers ever.”
Berbatov: Van de Beek should look to leave Man United.
“He’s got a lot of quality,” Berbatov said.
“But I don’t like it when clubs buy for the sake of buying, and this is one of those situations. I’m sure he’s banging on the manager’s door and asking questions.
“I think if he’s not happy, Van de Beek should push to leave. His place in the national team is at risk, especially now with Louis van Gaal in charge. Van Gaal is a disciplinarian who likes his players to play football.
“Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes are untouchable in the United midfield at the moment. Scott McTominay, Fred and even 33-year-old Nemanja Matic are ahead of van de Beek.”
Van de Beek game time to increase?
While his time at Man United so far has definitely been bleak, things might be looking up for Van de Beek.
His agent recently came out with a positive update on his future at the club, saying: “We are happy with that. And I assume that Donny will play a lot in one of the positions in midfield in the coming period.”
Add this to the fact that Scott McTominay has just had surgery on his groin, and we might start seeing more of the 24-year-old on the pitch at Old Trafford.