‘Not world-class’ Man Utd flop more an Everton player, pundit claims

Former Holland international Rene Van der Gijp has berated Manchester United midfielder Donny Van de Beek, stating he is not world-class level.

The Dutch playmaker arrived at Old Trafford from Ajax for £40million during the summer.

However, the 23-year-old has struggled for game time since his transfer, starting just six games so far this season.

In that time he has scored just once, netting in United’s 3-1 defeat against Crystal Palace in September.

Ex-PSV Eindhoven winger Van der Gijp has now stated that Van de Beek is not playing at a good enough standard to merit elite status.



Speaking to SBS 6 (via Ajax Showtime), he compared the youngster’s influence against teammate Bruno Fernandes’ impact on the side.

“Van de Beek is not a world-class player, more Everton,” he said.

“He (Bruno Fernandes) has scoring ability, depth and he can give balls of which you say ‘I never saw them coming’. And Van de Beek always gives balls that I think ‘I saw that too’ so there is little surprise in it.

“The question is: do you think there is still a lot of flexibility in Van de Beek? Do you think he’ll be even better than that very good year in the Champions League he had?”

Van de Beek played 175 times for Ajax prior to his switch in July.

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Berbatov says United striker looks foolish

Anthony Martial

Meanwhile, former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has aimed criticism at another Red Devil.

The 39-year-old said that Edinson Cavani has made colleague Anthony Martial look foolish since his arrival.

Berbatov, who scored 56 goals for the club during his stay, said the Frenchman needs to “up his game.”

He said: “I was thinking about him [Martial] and there were fans messaging me on social media about him asking what is going on with him and why he isn’t producing and scoring goals.

“He needs to up his game, not only him but the whole team too. In the really important games he needs to shine even more.

“I’ve been surprised with how well Edinson Cavani has performed, the guy is 33-years-old and he’s running around the pitch like he’s a 25-year-old, fighting for the ball, making spaces.”

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