‘He should push to leave’: Dimitar Berbatov urges Donny van de Beek to leave Man United as the former Red Devils attacker says the Dutchman is unlikely to play much this season and the saga of calls the midfielder ‘very strange’
- Dimitar Berbatov has advised Donny van de Beek to leave Manchester United
- Berbatov called the Dutchman ‘one of the most disappointing transfers ever’
- “I don’t think we’ll see any more playing time from him,” he added
- Van de Beek has not played a minute of Eredivisie football this season
Donny van de Beek has been advised by Dimitar Berbatov to look for a way out of Manchester United.
The Dutch midfielder has played less than a minute of Premier League football this season and made just four top-flight starts last season after a £35 million transfer from Ajax.
The Dutchman’s continued absence from the team, despite hardly having any injury issues, has long puzzled United fans and Berbatov also admitted he was confused about how he played so little for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Donny van de Beek urged to leave Man United by Dimitar Berbatov
Ex-United striker Berbatov called Van de Beek ‘one of the most disappointing transfers ever’
And he doesn’t see the situation improving for the 24-year-old, who could lose his place in the Dutch national team if he doesn’t play regular football, with the next World Cup in just over a year.
“I don’t think we’re going to see Donny van de Beek any more playing time,” Berbatov, who played at Old Trafford for four years, said in his column for Betfair.
“It is a very strange, disappointing and surprising situation. They spent around £35m on him and it doesn’t make sense to pay that for a player who doesn’t start a lot of games.
“I think if he’s not happy, Van de Beek should push to leave. His place in the national team is at stake, especially with Louis van Gaal at the helm. Van Gaal is a discipline that likes to let its players play football.’
Van de Beek was part of Ajax’s latest golden generation of players who took Europe by storm two years ago, taking a clean run of trophies in the Netherlands and reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League, knocking out Real Madrid and Juventus en route to their painful , last minute elimination to Tottenham.
Real Madrid were among the clubs to show interest in Van de Beek before United signed him and Berbatov was frustrated that the player was not getting more of a chance to shine.
Van de Beek made just four Premier League starts last season and has yet to play this season
“I don’t blame the player at all, but for me it’s one of the most disappointing transfers ever,” he added.
‘He has a lot of quality. I don’t like when clubs buy for the sake of buying and this is one of those situations. I’m sure he’s knocking on the manager’s door and asking questions.’
Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes are currently untouchable in United’s midfield. Scott McTominay, Fred and even 33-year-old Nemanja Matic are ahead of van de Beek.
Berbatov had a trophy-laden spell at United after moving from Tottenham in 2008 but disappearing from the team in his last two seasons.
He then moved on to Fulham before moving to PAOK Saloniki and has dark memories of his time in Greece meaning he can empathize with the midfielder.
“I know how Van de Beek feels,” Berbatov said.
“In the late phase of my career I played in Greece, the president wanted me and signed me, but the coach didn’t want me and we had some problems.
“It’s frustrating for a player. He has to think long and hard about his situation and what he wants.’