Former Bulgaria international Dimitar Berbatov has urged Donny van de Beek to ‘push to leave’ Manchester United this summer due to lack of playing time.
Man United signed Van de Beek from Ajax last summer but he has so far failed to pin himself as a regular starter under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
In his first season, the Dutchman was limited to substitute appearances and cup games. Despite falling behind the likes of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes, the 24-year-old made 19 appearances in the league.
This season, it appears he would face the same fate as last season after Solskjaer snubbed him in Manchester United’s opening two Premier League matches against Leeds United and Southampton.
After the draw against the Saints, the Norwegian boss publicly claimed that the former Ajax midfielder is an ‘important’ player in his squad.
Because he hasn’t managed a single appearance in the league this term so far and with his place in the national team at risk, Dimitar Berbatov backs the Holland star to force his way out of Manchester United.
The Bulgarian would brand his £34million move to the Theatre of Dreams as ‘one of the most disappointing transfers ever’.
Dimitar Berbatov on Donny Van de Beek: ‘The transfer window closes on Tuesday and, while United have done well to bring in some good players, I still think there may be some action to come with outgoings,’ Berbatov told Betfair.
‘I don’t think we’re going to see any more playing time from Donny van de Beek.
‘It’s a really strange, disappointing and surprising situation. They spent around £35 million on him and, to pay that for a player who isn’t starting many games, doesn’t make sense.
Dimitar Berbatov urges Donny Van de Beek to ‘push to leave’ this summer ‘I’m not blaming the player at all, but for me it’s one of the most disappointing transfers ever.
‘He has got a lot of quality. I don’t like it when clubs buy for the sake of buying and this is one of those situations. I’m sure he’s banging on the manager’s door and asking questions.
‘I think if he’s not happy, Van de Beek should push to leave. His place in the national team is at risk, especially now with Louis van Gaal in charge. Van Gaal is a disciplinarian who like his players to play football.
‘Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes are untouchable in the United midfield at the moment. Scott McTominay, Fred and even 33-year-old Nemanja Matic are ahead of van de Beek.
‘I know how Van de Beek feels. In the late stage of my career I was playing in Greece, the president wanted me and signed me, but the coach didn’t want me and we had some issues. It is frustrating for a player. He needs to have a long hard think about his situation and what he wants.’
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