Meulensteen 'surprised' by Solskjaer's treatment of Van de Beek

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen ‘really surprised’ by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s treatment of Donny van de Beek

  • Donny van de Beek joined Man United from Ajax for £40m in the summer
  • He has gone on to start just two of the club’s 14 Premier League games 
  • Rene Meulensteen admits he can’t believe he isn’t getting more game time  

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has admitted that he is ‘really surprised’ by the amount of game time Donny van de Beek has been afforded by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United fans were excited when the Dutch midfielder joined United for £40m, having been a big part of the Ajax side that has drawn plaudits over the past few years.

However, the 23-year-old has gone on to start just two of the club’s 14 Premier League matches this term with his only goal coming on the opening day of the season.

Donny van de Beek has not has the start he would have hope for at Manchester United

Rene Meulensteen admits he is ‘really surprised’ by Van de Beek’s lack of game time

The treatment of Van de Beek has been criticised, particularly in his native Holland, and compatriot Meulensteen is one of those who believes it has been unfair.  

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

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

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

The Dutch midfielder has started just two of United’s 14 Premier League games this term

‘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. 

‘He can play higher up or even off the side coming in to the pocket if you have a full back going forward all the time. 

‘At Ajax he was really instrumental especially in the latter years in the front end of the pitch to create and score goals. 

‘He has a great intelligence and overview, a bit of disguise to play players in and to set up other players. It does really surprise me that he’s not being used as much by Ole.’ 

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