Louis van Gaal criticizes Donny van de Beek’s decision to join Manchester United

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Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes Donny van de Beek made a mistake in joining the Red Devils this summer.

The Dutch midfielder signed for the Red Devils for £ 40million in a summer transfer from Ajax, but has struggled to get consistent playing time since joining.

Van de Beek was an unused substitute in the Manchester Derby that ended scoreless, with Anthony Martial the only player to leave the bench for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Donny van de Beek was an unused substitute in the Manchester derby on Saturday

The Dutchman has struggled during the game since joining the club this summer from Ajax

The Dutchman has struggled during the game since joining the club this summer from Ajax

Van Gaal, who managed United for two seasons, said his compatriot would have done better to move to another big European club.

He told Dutch channel Ziggo, as Football Oranje reported: “I hope his time comes, but I don’t think he made a good choice.

“I said it right away. If you have Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes, what place should Van de Beek occupy?

“He doesn’t have the qualities of Pogba and Fernandes. And now you see that Pogba often does not start. Where to play Van de Beek then?

“I think you could have seen this before. There are so many teams, which could have done him better justice, also at the top. He is a boy with many qualities.

It was a tough start to life at Old Trafford for the 23-year-old, who has been integral to Ajax’s success over the past two seasons, helping them reach the Champions League semi-finals in 2019. .

Former United manager Louis van Gaal believes the midfielder picked the wrong club to join

Former United manager Louis van Gaal believes the midfielder picked the wrong club to join

And despite being impressive, he still has only two Premier League appearances to his name under Solskjaer.

With Bruno Fernandes still present, van de Beek found himself behind Pogba, Fred and Scott McTominay in the pecking order.

The Dutchman has said he is happy with life at the club, but hopes to have more consistent playing time in the near future.

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