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Rio Ferdinand supports Man Utd Dutch midfielder

Tue 23 March 2021 | 10:29

The former Man Utd defender believes van de Beek should be given more playing time.

Donny van de Beek

joined

Manchester United

from

Ajax

in the summer transfer window last year with a contract worth £40 million. The Dutch international has made 13 appearances in the Premier League for the Red Devils, only two of which came as starts. It has been reported that Van de Beek is out of patience and ready to leave Manchester United at the end of the season.

Former Man Utd defender

Rio Ferdinand

has now talked about the Dutchman in an interview, saying he needs more playing time in order to prove his worth.

“I feel for him. I don't care who you are - if you're playing the odd two minutes here and there, three minutes here and there, you cannot perform. I don't care what level of player you are,”

Ferdinand told

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“I don't think he's been helped in terms of team selection and opportunities so I don't think it's fair to say he's underperforming because he's not been put in a position to perform yet on a consistent basis.

“I really do feel for him but it would be interesting to hear what he was sold and told on the way in because the lack of opportunities, I don't think he'd have come here if he'd known that.

“I watched him a hell of a lot in the Champions League in the year they had a good run to the semi-finals, Ajax.

“He was so impressive in the way he arrived in the box, the way he could play deeper as well and keep the ball, keep the game ticking.

“Ajax players are brought up to be intelligent footballers, they are able to play multiple positions, he can do that. It's just obviously United want a stiffer central midfield area behind Bruno.

“I get that, given that's got to be protecting the center-backs and that's not going to be one of Van de Beek's strengths. But then it begs the question: why buy him then?”


source: SportMob