“I’m a little worried about his development … he has to play games”: Former Dutch star Johnny Heitinga questions Donny van de Beek’s decision to join Manchester United, claiming midfielders will struggle to find a place
- Donny van de Beek joined Manchester United from Ajax
- He was struggling for playing time at the start of the season but recently enjoyed a run
- However, that series of appearances ended for the Manchester derby
- Johnny Heitinga thinks he will fight at the club because of the competition
Johnny Heitinga has joined the list of former players and coaches to question Donny van de Beek’s move to Manchester United this summer and admits he is concerned about the midfielder’s development.
The Dutch international was frustrated earlier in the season after his £ 40million transfer from Ajax before enjoying a run on the team that began late last month.
That streak of games, however, ended on Saturday night when he was an idle substitute in the lukewarm stalemate against Manchester City at Old Trafford, with only one goal and one assist in 16 appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.
Johnny Heitinga has questioned Donny van de Beek’s decision to join Manchester United
Van de Beek saw little playing time at the start, but recently had a run under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Dutch legend Marco van Basten and, more recently, former United boss Louis van Gaal have also criticized the 23-year-old’s decision to swap Amsterdam for Manchester.
They are now joined by former Everton and Fulham defender Heitinga, who believes van de Beek will struggle to get a regular starting place.
“He made an impact when he came on as a substitute,” former Dutch defender Heitinga told Stadium Astro.
“I doubt that he made the right decision at Manchester United because they have highly skilled midfielders.” [Paul] Pogba, Bruno Fernandes.
That series of games ended when he was not a substitute in the Manchester derby
And former Dutch defender Johnny Heitinga (front) believes he will fight for game time
“He has to get used to the speed of the game and the fitness. It’s tough, it’s intense in the Premier League, the Dutch league can’t be compared.
‘Frenkie de Jong plays in Barcelona, Matthijs de Ligt plays for Juventus, Hakim Ziyech plays for Chelsea so Donny was part of a team and now he has to do it himself.
“It’s not easy to see the midfielders at Manchester United to get them out of the team. I’m not sure he made the right decision to take this step.
He pointed out that Hakim Ziyech (left) and Frenkie de Jong are regulars at Chelsea and Barcelona
“I’m a little worried about his development because he doesn’t play a lot of games. At his age he has to play games. It’s not good for his development. ‘
Former Barcelona and Holland boss van Gaal also claimed van de Beek did not have the same skills as Pogba or Fernandes and believed there were other teams “who could do better justice to him”.
“I hope his time comes but I don’t think he made a good choice,” van Gaal told Ziggo Sport ahead of the Manchester derby.
Former United boss Louis van Gaal also criticized van de Beek for joining United
‘I said that right away. If you have Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes, what position should Van de Beek be in?
‘He doesn’t have the qualities of Pogba and Fernandes. And now you can see that Pogba often won’t start. Then where should Van de Beek play?
“I think you could have seen that before. There are so many teams that could do him better justice, including at the top. He is a boy with many qualities. ‘
Van Gaal said he would fight because of competition from Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba