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Van de Beek impaired by ‘fear’ and Fernandes comparisons, says Jenas

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Donny Van de Beek has had a rough start to his Manchester United career and has been overshadowed by Bruno Fernandes.

Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek joined the Red Devils last September for a fee surrounding €39 million. Naturally, expectations were running high as many questioned how the 23-year-old would fit in a midfield starred by Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, and Scott McTominay.

Although the player has featured in 25 matches at Manchester United, he only has seven starts this season and 304 minutes in the Premier League. Nevertheless, Solskjaer decided to give Donny a chance at this Tuesday’s FA Cup clash against West Ham. However, the young midfielder ended up being substituted for Bruno Fernandes who once again showed why he’s United’s biggest star.

Commentating on BBC Sport, former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas spoke about Van de Beek’s struggles. Moreover, Jenas displayed his empathy towards the Dutchman.

“That look on his face there I’ve just seen sums up unfortunately the way he’s playing at the moment, with a bit of fear and a lack of rhythm. I honestly don’t think it’s his fault. He’s out there being professional, doing everything he possibly can.

“It’s a bit better from Donny van de Beek but it still feels like everything is taking a bit too long. You have to be careful not to try and think Van de Beek can do what Bruno Fernandes can do. He’s his own type of player.”

Jermaine Jenas questions Solskjaer’s role in the tricky situation.

In fact, the former Spurs man went as far as suggesting that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had his fair share of the blame for Van de Beek’s situation at Old Trafford. The former England international believes Donny can only perform if he gets more time on the pitch.

“When you don’t have that run of games in your system or belief that you can go out there and afford to make mistakes, you don’t show the full version of who you are, and that creative streak which got him to the football club in the first place.

I think Van de Beek is still working out of what he is for Manchester United. I’d still like him to want the ball a bit more. Maybe have a shot instead of passing it back or passing it sideways. This United do not look for him, which is a bit of an issue.”