Dimitar Berbatov says it wouldn’t come as a surprise if Donny van de Beek asks for an early exit at Manchester United.
Former Manchester United star Dimitar Berbatov admits summer signing Donny van de Beek could be forced to look for an early exit from the club.
The Dutchman joined the Red Devils from Ajax in September last year with big expectations on his shoulders.
Four months into his stay at Old Trafford, Van de Beek has already been left disappointed due to lack of game time.
The Dutchman has started just eight games for United since his big-money arrival. With the presence of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in midfield, the 23-year-old has mostly been limited to cameo appearances.
His lack of playing time has been a major talking point at Old Trafford, and Berbatov claims his patience could already be wearing thin just four months after joining.
“I don’t know what is going on with Donny van de Beek,” he told Betfair.
“I said before he signed that I like him as a player, he was great for Ajax and his national team, but now he can’t get a game at United.”
“I don’t watch the training sessions and the little time he does get on the pitch isn’t enough to judge him.”
“He needs a run of games in a row to give him confidence. I can see that his confidence isn’t high at the moment, and that’s normal because when you don’t play you start punishing yourself and ask questions of yourself.”
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he is starting to look for the exit and nobody will blame him. Something isn’t working.”
Berbatov further claims that Van de Beek is better than some of the current United players starting ahead of him.
“At the moment Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, and Fred are all ahead of him, judging by the amount of game time he is getting,” Berbatov added.
“Are all these players better than him? I don’t think so, everybody is different and everyone can bring different qualities to a game. That’s why I’m wondering what is going on.”
He added: “He should be banging on the manager’s door and ask: what is going on? he should be asking why he’s not playing and what he can do to improve his situation. Then depending on what answers he gets, he can evaluate and do what is necessary.”