Ex-Man Utd boss declares misfit lacking ‘qualities’ made error joining club

Date published: Monday 14th December 2020 7:52 - Steve Pearson


Former Man Utd manager Louis Van Gaal has revealed he does not believe Donny Van de Beek “made a good choice” when choosing to sign for the club.

The Red Devils have enjoyed mixed fortunes in the current campaign.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side crashed out of the Champions League despite topping the group with two games to go, though did bounce back with a handy point versus Man City on Saturday.

Much had been expected on the transfer front over the summer, though ultimately the club missed out on a number of key targets.

One man who did sign on the dotted line, however, was Dutchman Van de Beek.

The £35m midfielder has struggled to make an impression early into his Man Utd career, racking up just 220 minutes of league action so far.

He was an unused substitute in the Manchester derby, compounding concerns the star is not at the required level.

Those doubts have seemingly been echoed by ex-Man Utd boss Van Gaal, who categorically stated his fellow countryman does not “have the qualities of Pogba and Fernandes”.

Speaking to Dutch television channel Ziggo (via Goal), Van Gaal said: “I hope his time will come, but I don’t think he made a good choice.


“If you have Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes, what position should Van de Beek be in?

“He doesn’t have the qualities of Pogba and Fernandes. And now you see that Pogba often doesn’t start. Where should Van de Beek play then?

“I think you could have seen that beforehand.

“There are so many teams, which could have done better justice to him, also in the top division. He is a boy with many qualities.”

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Meanwhile, Alan Shearer has named two ‘top-class’ strikers he believes Man Utd should try and sign after watching their goalless draw with neighbours City.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have managed just one goal across their fixtures with Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City so far this season.

Shearer believes Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood are not making the most of Bruno Feranandes’ creativity.

The Premier League’s record goalscorer also highlighted Edinson Cavani’s age as a cause for concern.

He told Match of the Day: “Cavani, they’ve got him. He’s 34 in February. Greenwood may be that man in two or three years time because he’s got fantastic potential.”

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