Former Tottenham star Rafael van der Vaart has hit out at Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for not giving Donny van de Beek enough gametime.
Van de Beek was United’s most expensive signing of the summer, arriving from Ajax for a fee in the region of £35m.
However, the midfielder has endured a difficult start to his Premier League career. He is yet to start a game in the English top flight, but has come on as a substitute five times.
His lack of action has raised some concerns, given the amount of money United spent on him. It seems Solskjaer is struggling to fit him in the same team as fellow attack-minded midfielders Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.
Former Netherlands international van der Vaart seems to side with those criticising Solskjaer for his lack of faith in the 23-year-old.
Van de Beek recently revealed that Solskjaer had told him to have patience, but van der Vaart has blasted such suggestions.
The retired midfielder has claimed his compatriot does not deserve to be as far down the pecking order as he is, claiming those ahead of him “can’t even kick a marble”.
Van der Vaart told NOS: “Wait? Patience? Would you like it if you are stuck on the bench?
“The players in front of you can’t even kick a marble and [Solskjaer] still does not put you in the team.
“I would not be happy. I would certainly not be enjoying my football there.
“Look at the player Donny is and how he performs at international level. I would not have it.”
Van de Beek has two goals in five international appearances for the Netherlands in 2020. In contrast, he has scored just once – on his debut – in 10 games for United.
De Boer agrees with Solskjaer
While van der Vaart may not agree with Solskjaer, someone who does is Holland boss Frank De Boer.
The former Crystal Palace coach said earlier this week that it will take time for van de Beek to adapt to a new league.
However, United have a strong midfield, which is making it hard for the Dutchman to break in.