A switch to Westfalenstadion instead of Old Trafford would’ve been much more beneficial for the former Ajax man, believes his compatriot.
Donny van de Beek “doesn’t fit” at Manchester United, says Rafael van der Vaart, who is of the view Borussia Dortmund would’ve been “a better step” for the player.
Van de Beek had a quite promising start to life at Manchester United as he scored in his debut match after coming off the bench. As it turns out, however, the goal remains the only highlight of his first season at the club.
The Dutchman was afforded just four Premier League starts, 10 in total in 2020/21, as he struggled to win the trust of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
It has even been suggested the Red Devils would be looking to cashing in on the midfielder, who they bought for a reported €40 million last summer, when the transfer market reopens shortly.
“He fits perfectly into the Ajax system, but he doesn’t fit at Manchester United,” Van der Vaart, who spent two years in the Premier League with Tottenham, told of Van de Beek, talking to ESPN.
“If nobody leaves United [this summer], he will be lucky to get in the starting line-up. He is far too good to sit on the bench for two seasons. He needs minutes very quickly. He is still young, but time flies.
“A club like Borussia Dortmund would have been a better step for him. Manchester United might be a step too far for him.”