Donny van de Beek thought he was a big boy by joining Man Utd

Donny van de Beek has struggled since he joined Manchester United from Ajax and is yet to establish himself as a key player under Solskjaer. The Dutchman is yet to replicate the form that saw Man United go all out for his signature.

Regardless, the midfielder has been accused of thinking he is a big boy by joining the Red Devils. The midfielder has been restricted to very few minutes on the pitch as the likes of Scott McTominay, Fred, and Paul Pogba rank above him in the pecking order at the club.

According to Dutch legend Marco van Basten, van de Beek thought he was too big for his own boots and this prompted him to make a move to England when he had not yet matured.

He noted that the 24-year-old’s present situation can be likened to the fact that the grass is not always greener on the other side away from the Netherlands.

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Van Basten said in a chat with Ziggo Sport via Soccernews.nl: “It just shows what a great life they have when they play at Ajax.

“They all think very quickly that they are a big boy here and can make it in other countries, but in the Netherlands, there is a nice competition.

“In a team like Ajax you are really helped, especially in the No.10 position. Then you often see that they go abroad and it is a different story.”

Van de Beek has started just two Premier League games this season as Bruno Fernandes has kept him playing on the wings. Regardless, he advised the midfielder as he tries to carve a niche for himself at Old Trafford.

He added: “You have to be able to take care of yourself. If you go to a club in another country, you have to be able to present yourself in that team in a way that the others will think: he is one of us and with him we are going to win.”