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Meulensteen: I'm surprised by Van de Beek’s lack of game time

Mon 28 December 2020 | 9:16

The midfielder was transferred from Ajax but has not been regularly used by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Having left



Donny Van de Beek

joined the

Red Devils

in the summer transfer window with a £35 million deal. The player has been rarely used in the starting XI as Bruno Fernandes has been a regular starter in the attacking-midfield position. Other midfield positions have been played by the likes of Fred, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, and Nemanja Matic while Van de Beek has been regularly benched. Former Manchester United coach

Rene Meulensteen

is surprised by the Dutch midfielder’s lack of game time.

“I don’t think it’s about [just] the treatment - it’s part and parcel of being a professional footballer - especially when you move clubs,” Meulensteen told Stadium Astro. “I think why people in Holland are baffled is that Donny van de Beek - you can ask anyone in Holland - is a very, very good player. 

“He had a similar impact for Ajax at the time that Bruno Fernandes has for Manchester United now. It really surprises me that we haven’t seen him more often and to have more starts.” 

Asked about Van de Beek’s special characteristics as a player, Meulensteen responded:

“Good players always find ways to play with each other,

“Donny van de Beek is also a very versatile player. It’s not that he can only slot in one position. He can play in the deeper midfield position next to Fred or [Scott] McTominay, it would be no problem. 

“He can play higher up or he can even play coming off the side coming in to the pocket if you have a full-back that is going forward all the time. 

“So there are different ways to use him and utilise him.

“At Ajax he was really instrumental, especially in the latter years of his career at Ajax he was very important in the front end of the pitch to create chances and score a lot of goals. He has a great intelligence and an overview, and a bit of disguise to play players in and to set up other players.

"It is something that really surprises me that he’s not being used as much by Ole.”

source: SportMob