Ajax legend Danny Blind confused by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s use of Donny Van de Beek

Donny van de Beek has had a very slow start to his Manchester United career (Picture: Getty Images)

Danny Blind, father of former Manchester United man Daley, cannot understand Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reluctance to play Donny Van de Beek since his arrival from Ajax over the summer.

Van de Beek was United’s most significant purchase of the transfer window, arriving for £40m from the Dutch side, but he has not been given much of a chance in the first team yet.

He came off the bench to score on his debut in a 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace but is still waiting for his first Premier League start, making just four substitute appearances.

Despite looking good when he has been on the pitch, Van de Beek didn’t even get off the bench on Saturday as United were held to a goalless draw by Chelsea in the Premier League.

Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Fred, Juan Mata, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic and Daniel James have all started Premier League games this season, to varying degrees of success, while the new arrival still waits for his chance in the starting XI.

Blind cannot get his head round why his compatriot is not being trusted, seemingly being behind every other midfielder in the pecking order.

‘What was he signed for?’ Blind asked Ziggo Sport. ‘I listened to Solskjaer’s press conference and he had nothing but praise for Donny. Yet he did not even give him a brief cameo.

‘He bought him to beef up the squad. Why not use that squad depth?’

Manchester United hero Patrice Evra, says the Red Devils simply do not need the Dutchman and shouldn’t have signed him.

‘We’re talking about Van de Beek – why did we buy him?’ Evra told Sky Sports.

‘I have nothing against the kid, but why did we buy Van de Beek?

‘He’s watching the game from the stands every game because we don’t need him. That’s the truth, but people will not say it loud.’

With Manchester United 15th in the Premier League, Van de Beek will expect to be given a chance in a team that is not really performing so far this season.

Their next outing is in the Champions League on Wednesday night at home against RB Leipzig.

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