Man Utd players ‘don’t trust’ one ‘disappointing’ team-mate
Man Utd legend Mark Hughes claims that midfielder Donny van de Beek is not yet trusted by his Red Devils team-mates.
The Old Trafford giants swooped to sign the highly-rated 23-year-old from Ajax for an initial 39 million euros (£34.1m), but things have not gone as smoothly as the Holland international had expected.
While Van De Beek has made 25 appearances in all competitions, the majority have come from the bench and the midfielder has so far only made two Premier League starts.
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The Dutchman started their 1-0 victory over West Ham in the FA Cup on Tuesday but was substituted on 73 minutes after failing to impact the game for Man Utd.
And now Hughes reckons his Man Utd team-mates “don’t trust him with the ball” after another “disappointing” performance.
“It looks like they don’t trust him with the ball yet,” Hughes told talkSPORT. “When the likes of Fred and Matic look up and they see Rashford, they see Martial, they see Greenwood, who is still a young player but has great talent, it’s like they defer to them, their first thought is to pass to them.
“Van de Beek, I haven’t seen a great deal of movement, I haven’t seen little movements to get in pockets of space, even though you suspect that’s the player he is and those are the areas he wants to work in.
“He’s been disappointing again. He’s playing for Manchester United, a huge club, he’s got to show more than he’s showing at the moment. You want to give the boy a chance, and he probably feels a bit aggrieved that he hasn’t had a run of games, he’s probably feeling a bit hard done by.
“But you have to say, given what he’s produced in the time he’s had, he doesn’t deserve more than that. So he’s got to show more.”