Paul Parker has branded Manchester United’s treatment of Donny van de Beek a disgrace.
And he believes the young Dutchman is the player to kick-start United again – by teaming up with Bruno Fernandes in a rejigged midfield.
Van de Beek, signed for £39million from Ajax in the summer, has featured in only 26 of United’s 42 games so far this season – mostly from the bench.
It’s been claimed the 23-year-old star can’t play in the same team as Fernandes – but Parker says that’s rubbish.
“I can’t understand why United can’t get him on the pitch,” said the former United defender.
“It’s an absolute waste and I don’t understand what’s going on. His treatment makes you wonder who actually signed him because it looks as if there’s a grudge against him.
“He’s got loads of talent, he’s industrious, got a good work ethic, he can dribble round the box and play clever passes.
“He could win games because he can play in tight spaces.
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“He’s been brought up at Ajax to do just that and has had a better football education than anyone at United.”
There are widespread doubts on whether Van de Beek can play in the same team as Fernandes, but Parker insists it is high time Ole Gunnar Solskjaer trialled a new shape to accommodate them both in midfield.
He added: “I’ve long questioned why United need two holding midfielders and in crucial games I believe they need more than just one playmaker in Fernandes.
“I don’t see Van de Beek as a replacement for Fernandes – play them together, especially when Paul Pogba is out because United lack creativity.
“He must be very disillusioned especially with the Covid situation and not having family and friends coming over to watch him play. I just don’t get it.”
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