According to Goal, Donny van de Beek made a mistake in joining Manchester United from Ajax earlier this year, Louis van Gaal believes.
As an aggressive central midfielder, Van de Beek forged an excellent reputation at Ajax, and it earned him a move to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United in September of this year.
It was difficult, however for the 23-year-old Netherlands international, as he only made two Premier League starts – with the rest of his playing time coming from the bench.
Earlier in December, Van de Beek was given a rare start against West Ham but was removed at half-time with United trailing 1-0.
After the break, the Red Devils improved markedly to beat West Ham 3-1, and it may be some time before he is given another chance to demonstrate what he can do.
Van Gaal says he foresaw the difficulties facing Van de Beek and thinks his fellow countryman’s stylistic suits were stronger.
“I hope his time will come, but I don’t think he made a good choice,” the former U.S. manager told Ziggo on Dutch TV. “I said it instantly.
What role should Van de Beek be in if you have Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes?
He does not have the Pogba and Fernandes values. And you see now that Pogba often doesn’t begin. Where then should Van de Beek play?
“I think you could have seen that beforehand. There are so many teams, which could have done better justice to him, also in the top division. He is a boy with many qualities.”
It’s early in his career in the United States, and Van de Beek wouldn’t be the first player to fight to transfer to the Premier League—just to blossom further down the road.