Former Man United manager Meulensteen concerned about Van de Beek’s game time under Solskjaer

Donny van de Beek-Manchester United

Meulensteen is surprised to see Van de Beek run out of game time under the Norwegian manager.

Former Manchester United manager Rene Meulensteen has said that he is surprised over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s treatment of Donny van de Beek.

Van de Beek moved to Old Trafford in the summer in a highly anticipated transfer however, things haven’t gone as he would have wanted in his debut season.

The Dutch midfielder has found himself down the pecking order of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, making only two starts in 14 Premier League games so far.

It has now caused huge concerns for the former United gaffer and Van de Beek’s compatriot Meulensteen.

‘I don’t think it’s about [just] the treatment – it’s part and parcel of being a footballer.’

‘I think why people in Holland are baffled is… Donny van de Beek – you can ask anyone – is a very good player. ‘

Meulensteen also added that Van de Beek was as influential at Ajax as Bruno Fernandes is now for the Red Devils.

‘He had a similar impact for Ajax at the time that Bruno Fernandes has for United now. 

‘It really surprises me that we haven’t seen him more often and to have more starts.

‘Good players always find ways of playing with one another. I think Donny is very versatile. 

‘It’s not that he can only slot in one position. He can play in deeper midfield position next to Fred or Scott McTominay, it would be no problem. 

With the likes of McTominay, Fred, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes performing well at the moment, it remains to be seen whether Van de Beek can fight for a place in the starting eleven.