Manchester United legend Mark Hughes was far from pleased with Donny van de Beek’s performance during yesterday’s FA Cup fixture against West Ham United.
The Red Devils qualified for the quarter-finals of the competition thanks to an extra-time winner from substitute Scott McTominay.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer started Van de Beek but the Dutchman didn’t produce much during the 74 minutes he played before being replaced by Bruno Fernandes.
Hughes said that the former Ajax man was disappointing against the Hammers and needs to improve.
Speaking to talkSPORT, the Welshman said: “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.
“Yeah you want to give the boy a chance, and he probably feels a bit aggrieved that he hasn’t had a run of games, he’s probably feeling a bit hard done by.
“But you have to say, given what he’s produced in the time he’s had, he doesn’t deserve more than that. So he’s got to show more.”
Van de Beek’s move to United hasn’t worked out so far as he’s managed just a goal and an assist in 25 appearances across all competitions.
The Dutchman’s performances have been in stark contrast to those during his Ajax days which made him one of the most promising midfielders in Europe.
Van de Beek amassed 27 goals and 24 assists during his last two seasons, numbers which befit a first-team player.
However, with the presence of Fernandes and Paul Pogba, it’s very difficult to get a place in United’s starting XI.
It is likely that Van de Beek isn’t too happy with his game time at Old Trafford and that could be affecting his performances.
The Dutch international is capable of much better and, as Hughes mentioned, he needs to up his performances if he is to receive more game time under Solskjaer.
It will be very difficult to start but Van de Beek is crucial for United’s depth and the fans will be hoping to see him improve.
The Red Devils’ next fixture is against West Bromwich Albion and it will be interesting to see if the Dutchman gets a start.
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