Manchester United legend Edwin van der Sar has admitted he is "sad" over the current situation Donny van de Beek finds himself in.
It comes amid a tough season for the midfielder, who joined from Ajax last summer in a deal worth £40m.
At the time, the transfer was heralded as a real coup for the Red Devils – with Van de Beek proving pivotal to the Dutch giants in the Eredivisie and in the Champions League.
But it has been a year to forget for the 24-year-old, who has failed to convince Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of his talents.
In a stacked midfield, Van de Beek has largely been sidelined with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba preferred in the more attacking roles.
And even in a more reserved role he does not fit, with Fred and Scott McTominay the favoured pivot.
It has led to calls of disbelief back in homeland, led by Ajax chief and former United goalkeeper Van der Sar.
The Red Devils legend has expressed his sadness over the situation when asked about his situation.
Van der Sar told ESPN: "Of course I feel sad for Donny.
"He walked the perfect path before joining United. He joined the [Ajax] first team from the academy, became a starter, won trophies, performed in Europe.
"But the midfield of Manchester United is too stacked, they’ve not had any injuries. It’s hard for him."
Van der Sar, who has been linked with an administration role back at Old Trafford, still believes Van de Beek will come good at the club.
"I do talk to more people at the club. He’s got a fantastic attitude, he is doing well in training," he said earlier this year.
"It’s hard. Pogba is coming back, Fernandes is very important, Matic and McTominay, who are there.
"There’s no shame at all, it’s a big club too, isn’t it? Of course it is a large amount [the transfer fee], but they are confident that he will get there."
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