Man Utd star Donny van de Beek told the two reasons why he is not starting

Owen Hargreaves has had his say on Donny van de Beek’s lack of playing time at Manchester United. The Red Devils signed the Netherlands international from Ajax in September for a £40million.

The acquisition of the midfielder was viewed as a major coup by many, who expected the 23-year-old to be immediately integrated into the starting XI.

That, however, hasn’t happened, with the Dutchman spending the early stages of his Old Trafford career warming the bench.

To the surprise of many, Van de Beek – who came to prominence in Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi-finals in the 2018-19 season – hasn’t made a single league start for the Red Devils this campaign.

Former United midfielder Hargreaves is among those confused by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision not to play van de Beek, although he does have a theory for the midfielder’s omission from the starting XI.

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Owen Hargreaves on Donny van de Beek’s

“They’ve got two number eights in there with Bruno [Fernandes] and Pogba [Pogba] and maybe again it comes down to recruitment,” Hargreaves said of van de Beek’s current situation during an appearance BT Sport.

“When [Manchester] City need something, they go get something that they don’t have and I think United had those two players there.

“I’m sure he’s going to get a run of games but when you spend £40m on a player you’d like to think he’d play.

“But I think Ole will find a place when it’s available.”


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Solskjaer is well aware of the concerns over his decision not to fully blood van de Beek into the starting XI but insists the Dutchman will soon play a big role in the team.

“It’s nice for some players and commentators to have a little go,” the Norwegian said. “I know you’re short on time on television and have to put your point across quickly, but you have to know you don’t have to start the first three games to know you’re an important part of the squad.

“I’d be disappointed if some of my teammates said I wasn’t important at Manchester United but I didn’t start many games. Donny will be very, very important for us. Don’t worry about that.”

Manchester United will be back in action this evening, welcoming RB Leipzig to Old Trafford for their second Champions League Group H match.

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