Donny van de Beek looks ‘LOST’ at Man United, insists Mark Hughes as club legend claims £40m signing must take his opportunities soon or the Red Devils ‘will move him on’ after another lacklustre display at Leicester
- Dutchman Donny van de Beek has endured a horrid start to Man United career
- There were high expectations on his shoulders after joining in a £40million deal
- But the ex-Ajax star has had very limited game time at Old Trafford this season
- He was hauled off early as Man United fell to a lacklustre defeat at Leicester
Mark Hughes believes Donny van de Beek’s time at Manchester United could soon be up if he doesn’t start taking his chances immediately, claiming the Dutchman looks ‘lost’ on the pitch.
There were big expectations on Van de Beek’s shoulders after signing in a £40million deal from Ajax last summer, but he has endured a torrid start to his Red Devils career.
He has featured 27 times in all competitions this season, mostly in the cup competitions or off the bench, scoring just once and and creating one assist. And he blew his latest chance to prove his worth in the FA Cup defeat at Leicester on Sunday.
Donny van de Beek has endured a disastrous start to his Manchester United career
‘Clearly it’s difficult, he hasn’t had enough game time and you can see that in his play,’ United legend Hughes told Stadium Astro.
‘He’s wandering and not really getting on the ball, doesn’t know how to affect the game, can’t demand the ball of his team-mates because they’re not quite sure whether or not they have enough confidence in him.
‘He looks like a guy who’s wandering around lost on the field. Okay, some of that responsibility he has to take on himself, he has to be more demonstrative, he has to be a key player.
‘He’s a big-money signing he’s come from a big club in Ajax so he’s used to being a top player of influence.
‘But clearly, since he’s come to United he hasn’t shown anything like what the level he needs to be at to remain a Man United player.
The Dutchman has failed to win the trust of United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season
‘He can only have so many opportunities, at some point he’s going to have to take them or United will move him on. I think they’re edging towards that decision if he’s not careful.’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a raft of changes to the team that overcame AC Milan in Europe for the FA Cup fixture at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.
The Dutch playmaker, who has made only two starts in the Premier League since joining the Red Devils, was one of those brought into the starting line-up but he failed to influence proceedings.
And he was hauled off after just 64 minutes as United desperately went in search of a way back into the quarter-final clash.
United were eventually sent packing from the FA Cup, going down 3-1 following two goals from Kelechi Iheanacho and a Youri Tielemans strike.
United’s only hope of lifting silverware this season are now pinned on the Europa League, in which they will face Granada in the quarter-finals.
Mark Hughes believes time is running out for Van de Beek to prove his worth at Old Trafford
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