Donny van de Beek is ‘running out of time to save his Manchester United career’ according to former striker Dimitar Berbatov after Dutch midfielder was hooked at half-time in Red Devils’ defeat at Young Boys
- Dimitar Berbatov claims Man Utd may cut their losses on Donny van de Beek
- He has started just four Premier League games since arriving last summer
- Dutchman was substituted at half-time in mid-week loss at Young Boys
- Berbatov believes Van de Beek purchase was made just to satisfy supporters
Dimitar Berbatov fears that Donny van de Beek’s Manchester United career is ‘not working out’ and that the Dutchman’s chances at Old Trafford are running out.
Van de Beek was a high profile arrival from Ajax last summer for a fee of around £40million having gained a big reputation from being part of the Dutch club’s stunning run to the 2019 Champions League semi-final.
Yet since arriving at Old Trafford the midfielder has barely been given a run in the first-team.
Donny van de Beek was substituted at half-time in Manchester United’s defeat at Young Boys
Former United striker Dimitar Berbatov believes the Dutchman maybe running out of time to save his career at Old Trafford
The 24-year-old was given a rare start in the Champions League at Young Boys on Tuesday, but with the Red Devils reduced to 10 men following Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s first half red card, he was sacrificed at half-time as a substitute for defender Raphael Varane.
Last season he made only four Premier League starts in 19 appearances and former United striker Berbatov believes it will now be tough for him to gain many more chances in the first team.
Berbatov told Betfair: ‘United midfielder Donny van de Beek is running out of time to save his United career. He started against Young Boys but was substituted at half-time.
Van de Beek has made just four Premier League starts since joining Manchester United
Most of Van de Beek’s United career has been spent on the bench for their biggest matches
‘This has been the story of his time at the club. If he plays, he’s brought off. If he comes on, he gets 10 minutes. He never gets the chance to settle and show what he can do.
‘It’s just not working out for Van de Beek. It’s a pity because United paid big money for him. But this is what happens when you spend money just to satisfy your fans.
‘I still hope he gets a proper chance but it is going to be very difficult for him and the club may decide to cut their losses, if they can.’
His lack of minutes has recently cost him his place in the Holland squad post Euro 2020
Even this season Van de Beek remains barely used, with his first half display only adding to six cameo Premier League minutes against Newcastle United last weekend in the 4-1 victory.
Van de Beek has found the likes of Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic in front of him in the pecking order and appears to have no fit in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s system.
His nightmare year continued in the summer when he was ruled out of Euro 2020 with an injury and he has since lost his place in the Holland squad owing to his limited playing time at United.