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Former Netherlands Manager Accuses Manchester United Players of 'Overlooking' Donny van de Beek

Mudeet Arora
Donny van de Beek has found it difficult to adjust at Manchester United
Donny van de Beek has found it difficult to adjust at Manchester United / Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Former Netherlands national football team manager Bert van Marwijk has stated that 'excellent football player' Donny van De Beek has been 'overlooked' by his Manchester United teammates.

This comes after Van de Beek has struggled to establish himself as a key regular in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's starting XI since his arrival from Ajax last year in September for an initial £35m fee.

Solskjaer has already come under immense criticism on his handling of the whole situation with Van De Beek, especially from former Dutch players and the Dutch media and now, Van Marwijk has got into the act.

Speaking in his De Telegraaf column, Van Marwijk has now insisted that the position that Van De Beek thrived in at Ajax is "not there at Manchester United."

The 68-year-old wrote for the Dutch newspaper: "I think Donny van de Beek is an excellent football player. He has excellent functional technique and despite his young age, he already has the insight to usually make the right choices. He also has a great running ability."

Van Marwijk then wrote, "So, I understand that Manchester United paid him some £35m last summer. Only he plays far too little. On Sunday, he was again on the bench for 90 minutes in the top match against Chelsea. How is that possible? Van de Beek is not suddenly a bad football player or someone who could not handle the level."

He then opined, "I think that is why it is not a matter of too little quality, but that other things are also involved in a different environment. The same position play that made him so strong at Ajax is not there at Manchester United."

He continued, "There, the spaces he is looking for between midfield and defence of the opposing team are missing or his teammates let the moment pass by. His well-timed runs are not recognised there. So, this is also the problem for him."

Revealing the major aspect of Van de Beek's game-style, Van Marwijk wrote, "He is an excellent player, but at the same time, he is dependent on his teammates and the position play that brings his team to the pitch. In order to succeed and survive abroad, it seems that something else is necessary. Then you will also have to have or develop other qualities."

Finally coming to the point of his teammates tending to overlook him whenever he plays, Van Marwijk concluded, "If your teammates overlook you and the game is not aligned with you, you will also need to be able to find your way. Then that good team player will have to think more about themselves and also have the technical and tactical qualities to make the difference on their own."