Days after Patrice Evra voiced his discretion over Manchester United's decision of signing Donny van de Beek from Ajax, former Netherlands forward Marco van Basten has now come out to say that the midfielder should have rather joined a club where he can play regular first-team football.
United signed van de Beek from Ajax for a reported £40 million fee during the summer, but he has been limited to just four substitute appearances in the Premier League. He was not even used during United's recent 0-0 draw against Chelsea, prompting a major debate as to why the Red Devils spent that much amount if he was not in Solskjaer's plans.
"Donny shouldn't have gone to United," Van Basten told Dutch TV channel Ziggo Sport. "When you're a good player you want to play every week.
"It's really bad for a player like Donny to play six or seven games this year. That's shocking for your rhythm.
"I know he's earning loads more than he used to. But as a top player, you have to be critical and look at the chances of playing when you sign for a new club. Donny should have waited for better prospects and signed for another club.
"Is it about a five-year contract that he can sign? No, that's bull----. Then you shouldn't go to Manchester United, but wait with it or for another club. You have to want to play football every week, and such a club is then bad for your career."
Van de Beek is yet to start a Premier League game for Manchester United, with the likes of Scott McTominay and Fred being preferred ahead of him. Although, when asked about the midfielder's lack of involvement, Solskjaer said that he is easing into the process and mentioned that 'he will get time'.
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