Bruno Fernandes sympathises with Donny van de Beek’s struggles at Man Utd: ‘I would not be happy’

Donny van de Beek’s struggles at Old Trafford continue (Picture: Getty Images)

Bruno Fernandes admits that he would be far from happy if he was in Donny van de Beek’s position at Manchester United, but has encouraged the Dutchman to keep performing as he did against Liverpool on Sunday.

Van de Beek has failed to make much of an impression at Old Trafford since his summer switch from Ajax, despite the glowing reputation he arrived with.

It has been very difficult for him as he has not been given much of a chance to shine, starting just two Premier League matches and making eight further appearances from the bench.

He did start the 3-2 win over Liverpool on Sunday, though, and while he had a quiet game, Fernandes has hailed the performance of the 23-year-old.

The Portuguese sympathises with his teammate, saying he would be far from pleased to be sat on the bench as much as he is, but he just needs to keep taking his chances and contributing when he can.

‘We have a really good squad and we have options,’ Fernandes told MUTV after the Liverpool win.

‘ If you look at the bench and the first XI today and the ones at home we have a really good squad, it will not be a problem if we change the team or someone is tired because we have really good players.

Bruno Fernandes came off the bench to score United’s winner against Liverpool (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Donny did a great game, playing in the position I play watching him he moves really good, he played really well. It’s important for us.

‘If I was in the position of Donny I would not be happy at all but the most important is doing what he does today, coming in and helping the team.’

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted that Van de Beek is unhappy with his situation at the club, but has looked to appease him by comparing the Dutchman’s position to that of his own when he played for United.

‘I wouldn’t say that Donny is happy,’ said Solskjaer. ‘Of course, he wants to play more, but he gets about his job in the right manner.

‘We are doing well and have got players who are playing really well in his position.

‘He reminds me a lot about myself, when I first came in, that he understands my difficulties and challenges.

‘I was the same with Sir Alex [Ferguson, former Man Utd head coach]. When he left me out I understood and I was happy for the team to win – and Donny is that type of guy.

‘He knows he is important for us and knows he is going to play many games.’

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