Man Utd players blamed for Donny van de Beek's failure by ex-Netherlands boss

Manchester United’s players are ‘overlooking’ Donny van de Beek and have contributed to the midfielder’s struggles at Old Trafford this season, according to former Netherlands boss Bert van Marwijk.

The 23-year-old has failed to make an impact at United following his £40 million move from Ajax last September.

Van de Beek has started just two games in the Premier League, while he was left on the bench in United’s goalless draw with Chelsea on Sunday.

And Van Marwijk believes the Netherlands international is not being helped by his United teammates.

‘I think Donny van den Beek is an excellent football player,’ Van Marwijk wrote in his column for De Telegraaf.

‘He has excellent functional technique and despite his young age, he already has the insight to usually make the right choices. He also has a great running ability.

‘So, I understand that Manchester United paid him some £35m last summer. Only he plays far too little. On Sunday he was again on the bench for 90 minutes in the big match against Chelsea.

‘How is that possible? Van de Beek is not suddenly a bad football player or someone who could not handle the level. I think that is why it is not a matter of too little quality, but that other things are also involved in a different environment.

‘The same position play that made him so strong at Ajax is not there at Manchester United.

‘There, the spaces he is looking for between midfield and defence of the opposing team are missing or his teammates let the moment pass by.

‘His well-timed runs are not recognised there. So, this is also the problem for him.

‘He is an excellent player, but at the same time he is dependent on his teammates and the position play that brings his team to the pitch.

‘In order to succeed and survive abroad, it seems that something else is necessary. Then you will also have to have or develop other qualities.

‘If your teammates overlook you and the game is not aligned with you, you will also need to be able to find your way.

‘Then that good team player will have to think more about themselves and also have the technical and tactical qualities to make the difference on their own.’

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