DONNY VAN DE BEEK should be banging on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s door, according to Dimitar Berbatov.
The midfielder has struggled for game time since his £39million move from Ajax.
Donny van de Beek should be banging on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s door, says Dimitar BerbatovCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Berbatov would not be surprised if the Dutchman leavesCredit: Getty – Contributor
And Berbatov thinks the Holland international should be bending Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ear.
The Bulgarian told Betfair: “He should be banging on the manager’s door and asking ‘what is going on?’
“He should be asking why he’s not playing and what he can do to improve his situation. Then depending on what answers he gets, he can evaluate and do what is necessary.
“He’s only 23, so he’s got lots of football in him and he won’t want to waste any time. It’s an unpleasant situation for the player and hopefully it gets resolved soon.
“He needs a run of games in a row to give him confidence. I can see that his confidence isn’t high at the moment, and that’s normal because when you don’t play you start punishing yourself and ask questions of yourself.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he is starting to look for the exit and nobody will blame him. Something isn’t working.”
Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Fred and Scott McTominay have all been featuring ahead of Van de Beek in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preferred centre-midfield.
And Berbatov is not convinced they are better than Van de Beek.
He added: “Are all these players better than him? I don’t think so, everybody is different and everyone can bring different qualities to a game. That’s why I’m wondering what is going on.
“I still think he can help the team. The minutes he is getting isn’t enough to build his confidence and integrate him into the team and to get used to the Premier League.
“Sometimes you can be ahead of other players purely based on your name and reputation, this is how unfair it is in football sometimes.”
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