Man United legend Mark Hughes has stated that the club’s players do not trust summer signing Donny van de Beek.
The Dutchman who joined from Ajax in a deal worth £40million was handed his 11th start of the season as the Red Devils toiled to progress to the next stage of the FA Cup with a 1 nil victory against West Ham at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
Van de Beek has struggled to shine for the Red Devils this season and has just 1 goal and 1 assist in 25 appearances.
This was the case again as he was ineffective against David Moyes’ men throughout his stay on the pitch before being replaced by Bruno Fernandes in the 73rd minute.
Mark Hughes, in a chat with talkSPORT, made his opinions on the state of the player at the club known: ‘You just sense… it looks like they don’t trust him with the ball yet.
‘When the likes of Fred and Matic look up and they see Rashford, they see Martial, they see Greenwood, who is still a young player but has great talent, it’s like they defer to them, their first thought is to pass to them.
‘Van de Beek, I haven’t seen a great deal of movement, I haven’t seen little movements to get in pockets of space, even though you suspect that’s the player he is and those are the areas he wants to work in.
‘He’s been disappointing again. He’s playing for Manchester United, a huge club, he’s got to show more than he’s showing at the moment.’
This is coming after Jermaine Jenas claimed that the Dutch midfielder is playing with fear and without any rhythm. According to Jenas, van de Beek has been disappointing since his move to Old Trafford.
However, Jenas sympathized with the player and added that he needs regular game time to start delivering decent performances for the Solskjaer led side.
‘That look on his face there I’ve just seen sums up, unfortunately, the way he’s playing at the moment with a bit of fear and a lack of rhythm,’ Jenas said, as van de Beek was replaced by midfield star Fernandes.
‘I honestly don’t think it’s his fault. He’s out there being professional, doing everything he possibly can.
‘But when you don’t have that run of games in your system or belief that you can go out there and afford to make mistakes you don’t show the full version of who you are, and that creative streak which got him to the football club in the first place.’