Dimitar Berbatov says the form of Scott McTominay has proved that buying is not always the answer and expects Donny van de Beek to have a serious chat with Manchester United about his future.
Van de Beek arrived in the summer from Ajax to plenty of fanfare. And there were early signs of promise when he came off the bench to score on his Premier League debut.
However, he has since only started two games in the competition and is yet to contribute to any more goals.
He did get a rare start in the FA Cup in midweek, but he was far from impressive, and was hooked in the second half. McTominay on the other hand arrived from the bench to fire United into round six.
Berbatov has claimed that McTominay’s form has been “bad news” for the £35m Van de Beek, who he thinks will seek talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the summer.
“McTominay’s success is not good news for Donny Van de Beek,” Berbatov told Betfair. “I don’t see the situation changing for him any time soon unfortunately.
“He will get a game or two in different competitions and I’m pretty sure he isn’t happy with the situation.
“I’m expecting that he will have some talks with the club at the end of the season because I don’t think he will want to start next season the same way. It’s unfortunate and sometimes football is like that, I would like to see him play, but at the moment I just can’t see that happening.
‘Neat and tidy’ Van de Beek
“Maybe I’m wrong and he’ll get more game time and he plays more. But it goes to show that you don’t always need to buy players.”
Despite taking him off in the 1-0 win over West Ham at Old Trafford, Solskjaer insisted that Van de Beek played well.
“I thought in the first half, we and Donny played really well,” Solskjaer said.
“We created spaces and he was part of that. He did his job neat and tidy, had a half chance.
“In the second half, the whole team fell off a little bit and we just wanted to make a few changes.”