Donny van de Beek made a mistake joining Manchester United last summer, claims former Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal.
Van de Beek, 23, once again had to settle for a spot on the bench as United drew 0-0 with Manchester City on Saturday evening.
The highly-rated Netherlands midfielder arrived at Old Trafford from Ajax for £40million last summer but has made just two starts in the Premier League.
He was an unused substitute in the Manchester derby despite United sorely lacking creativity in the drab draw.
Van Gaal believes his compatriot’s latest snub is further evidence that it was a mistake to join United.
“I hope his time will come, but I don’t think he made a good choice,” the former United boss told Dutch television channel Ziggo , per Football Oranje.
‘I said that right away. If you have Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes, what position should Van de Beek be in?
“He doesn’t have the qualities of Pogba and Fernandes. And now you see that Pogba often doesn’t start. Where should Van de Beek play then?
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“I think you could have seen that beforehand. There are so many teams, which could have done better justice to him, also in the top. He is a boy with many qualities.”
As well as his two Premier League starts, Van de Beek has made six appearances off the bench in the top flight.
He also saw limited action in the Champions League, starting just half of United’s group-stage games.
The Ajax academy graduate was introduced at half-time against RB Leipzig in midweek with the Red Devils already 3-0 down.
Van de Beek’s introduction helped kickstart United’s attackers, but their late rally was too little, too late and they exited the Champions League with a 3-2 defeat.
The player was on the verge of joining Real Madrid earlier this year and an agreement was in place, but the coronavirus outbreak foiled the deal at the eleventh hour, clearing the way for his move to United.
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