Rene Meulensteen ‘really surprised’ by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s treatment of Donny van de Beek

Donny van de Beek has had a stop-start campaign (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen admits he understands why people are ‘baffled’ by the treatment of Donny van de Beek at Old Trafford.

The Dutchman joined United in a £40million deal from Ajax last summer and his arrival was heralded in the main, particularly as a lack of depth had cost Solskjaer’s side towards the end of the previous campaign.

However, Van de Beek has started just two of United’s 14 Premier League matches this term and he’s scored just once – which came on the opening weekend of the season.

Solskjaer’s treatment of the Netherlands international has attracted swathes of criticism and Meuelensteed admits he cannot understand why the midfielder is not being given more game time.

Van de Beek has started just two Premier League matches (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

‘I don’t think it’s about [just] the treatment – it’s part and parcel of being a footballer,’ Meulensteen told Stadium Astro.

‘I think why people in Holland are baffled is…Donny van de Beek – you can ask anyone – is a very good player.

‘He had a similar impact for Ajax at the time that Bruno Fernandes has for United now.

‘It really surprises me that we haven’t seen him more often and to havemore starts.

‘Good players always find ways of playing with one another. I think Donny is very versatile.

‘It’s not that he can only slot in one position. He can play in deeper midfield position next to Fred or Scott McTominay, it would be no problem.

‘He can play higher up or even off the side coming in to the pocket if you have a full back going forward all the time.

‘At Ajax he was really instrumental especially in the latter years in the front end of the pitch to create and score goals. He has a great intelligence and overview, a bit of disguise to play players in and to set up other players. It does really surprise me that he’s not being used as much by Ole.’

Van de Beek could start as Solskjaer is likely to rotate for the visit of Wolves on Tuesday.

United drew 2-2 with Leicester City on Boxing day but rivals Chelsea failed to capitalise after losing 3-1 to London rivals Arsenal.

The Red Devils hope to have Aaron Wan-Bissaka available again, though Victor Lindelof is likely to miss out after leaving the field with a back injury against the Foxes.

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