Manchester United stars still “don’t trust” Donny van de Beek on the ball, according to club legend Mark Hughes.
Van de Beek was once again handed a start in the FA Cup as United edged past West Ham thanks to Scott McTominay’s injury time strike.
The Red Devils enjoyed most of the play in the fifth round tie, but were far from their as a slightly rotated side came up against the overachieving Hammers.
And one man who once again came in for criticism was Van de Beek, who played in the Bruno Fernandes role before being taken off for the Portuguese 20 minutes from the end of normal time.
After his underwhelming performance, Andy Townsend told talkSPORT : “We’re not seeing it from Donny van de Beek, he looks a bit lost, he doesn’t quite look like he understands where to go and where to run in this team.”
And former United midfielder Hughes was in complete agreement, adding: “No, that’s right.
“You just sense… it looks like they don’t trust him with the ball yet.
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“When the likes of Fred and Matic look up and they see Rashford, they see Martial, they see Greenwood, who is still a young player but has great talent, it’s like they defer to them, their first thought is to pass to them.
“Van de Beek, I haven’t seen a great deal of movement, I haven’t seen little movements to get in pockets of space, even though you suspect that’s the player he is and those are the areas he wants to work in.
“He’s been disappointing again. He’s playing for Manchester United, a huge club, he’s got to show more than he’s showing at the moment.
“Where Bruno Fernandes has been very good, when you look for somebody he’s the first one you see when you pick your head up, he’s the first one who seems to find a bit of space, you rattle a ball into him and you let him do what he does,” said Townsend.
“It must be hard, when you’ve got a player you’ve spent money on to get him through the door, you don’t want to keep taking him off the field.”