Dimitar Berbatov admitted that signing Donny van de Beek is by far the most disappointing transfer decision made at Manchester United with the 24-year-old failing to live up to expectations since making the switch from Ajax in September 2020.
The Dutchman has made only four Premier League starts under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and is yet to play a single minute this season. He has also been left out of Netherland's squad for the World Cup qualifiers next month, and Berbatov insists it “doesn't make sense” why United splashed out a significant fee for Van de Beek.
The former United man said: “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 added that Van de Beek should push to leave Old Trafford in search of regular playing time. “He [Van de Beek] has got a lot of quality,” Berbatov added. 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.”