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Ex-Man United coach sends message to Van de Beek

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Former Manchester United goalkeeper coach Frans Hoek believes we can only judge Donny van de Beek after about a year at Old Trafford.

Van de Beek has not played as much as expected since his move from Ajax in the summer.

The midfielder has made only 10 appearances in the Premier League and a bulk of that has come from the bench.

Many have questioned the player’s lack of playing time and it is even claimed that Van de Beek could seek an exit from Manchester United.

However, Hoek thinks the Dutchman has to be patient for his chance under Ole Solskjaer.

The ex-United goalkeeper coach told Voetbal International regarding Van de Beek: “It is a big transition, from the Eredivisie to the Premier League.”

“Not only the speed of action but also physically. It is Ajax-Feyenoord in England every week, where you also have to win every match at United. But it is not as easy there as in some matches in the Netherlands. I think that we can only actually assess Van de Beek when we are one year later.”

Hoek compared Van de Beek with Memphis Depay, who struggled at Manchester United before going on to excel at Lyon.

He continued: “Perhaps this is the run-up to a fantastic career for Van de Beek in Manchester. If not, there will be plenty of other clubs for him. For now I would say: wait and see.”

Elsewhere, Manchester United legend Gary Neville has a similar line pf thought and thinks Van de Beek is one for the ‘future’ at the club.