Manchester United players have been blamed for Donny van de Beek’s struggles at the club by former Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk.
The Dutch midfielder has failed to sparkle in his first season at Old Trafford and according to Marwijk, United players have overlooked the former Ajax man who had been linked with a move away from the club in January.
“Van de Beek is not suddenly a bad football player or someone who could not handle the level. I think that is why it is not a matter of too little quality, but those other things are also involved in a different environment.
“There, the spaces he is looking for between midfield and defence of the opposing team are missing or his teammates let the moment pass by. His well-timed runs are not recognized there. So, this is also the problem for him. He is an excellent player, but at the same time he is dependent on his teammates and the position play that brings his team to the pitch. The same position play that made him so strong at Ajax is not there at Manchester United,” Van Marwijk wrote in his column for De Telegraaf.
The 23-year-old has rarely played for United in his first season with the club having some of the best players in the same position he plays. Bruno Fernandes who is ahead of De Beek in the pecking order has been instrumental for United with the likes of Fred, Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay all above him in the pecking order.