Rio Ferdinand outlines Donny van de Beek “worry” amid lack of minutes for Man Utd

Video LoadingVideo UnavailableClick to playTap to playThe video will auto-play soon8CancelPlay now

Come on in and join the club! Get our daily Manchester United email newsletter

Sign me up!When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeInvalid Email

Rio Ferdinand admitted he was confused by Donny van de Beek's lack of first-team minutes at Man Utd as he detailed a key concern for the Dutchman going forward.

Van de Beek has been largely kept on the sidelines by boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since his summer switch from Ajax, despite United forking out £40million for him.

The 23-year-old was handed a rare start in the third round FA Cup tie against Watford, but will likely be back among the substitutes for United's return to Premier League action.

And Ferdinand feels van de Beek may now be thinking twice about his decision to move to Old Trafford, particularly with the European Championships approaching.

“I’m really surprised he’s not played more minutes," Ferdinand said of Van de Beek's situation. "I’m 100% certain that he expected to play more.

Ferdinand feels van de Beek will be concerned about his place at the Euros
(Image: Getty Images)

Read More
Related Articles


  • Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool, Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea gossip and rumours

Read More
Related Articles


  • Mason Greenwood compared to Jermain Defoe for trait which "p***** goalkeepers off"

"The interesting point with the whole van de Beek situation is, what was the conversation in negotiations coming here?

"When you negotiate a contract to go somewhere, you come into the football club knowing where you are, if you’re going to start, or are they going to have to work their way into the team.

"That’s the important part and we don’t know the answer yet. I’m sure from the soundings that his agent has been given off, he expected to be playing games and be a major part of this team.

"It hasn’t materialised so far, and he’s got a Euros to worry about if that goes ahead."

Get the latest Man Utd news straight into your inbox!

Manchester United are looking to plot their path back to the top.

And you can keep track of their journey by signing up for the brilliant new Mirror Football newsletter!

From the latest news to the agenda-setting stories, get it all in your email inbox.

Signing up is simple. Put your email at the top of this article or follow the instructions on this link.

Solskjaer has continually rotated his squad throughout the campaign thus far, but appears to have settled on a regular selection of players, of which van de Beek plays little part.

Same can be said for Jesse Lingard, but certainly to a greater degree, with the England international featuring in just three fixtures so far in a season so far hampered by injury.

Lingard is out of contract this summer, though recent reports suggest United are looking to extend his current deal for a further year, if only to avoid losing him for nothing at the end of the season.

Read More
Related Articles


  • Bruno Fernandes plays down Cristiano Ronaldo's role in Man Utd decision

And Ferdinand has now urged Lingard to seek a move elsewhere.

"If I’m in his shoes, I’m, one, asking the manager what’s going on, and, two, if I’m not part of your plans, I’ve got to go," the BT Sport pundit said.

"He’s 28 years old, so he’s not part of the plans, that’s been proven by how many times he’s been selected.

Should van de Beek consider leaving Man Utd? Have your say below.

Jesse Lingard is also facing an uncertain future at Old Trafford
(Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

"He’s 28 – he’s not a kid anymore – he wants to go and play football, surely.

"Sometimes you have to put the badge down because it means so much to local lads especially, but when you come to Manchester United, it’s a hard badge to put to the side and say you want to go somewhere else.

"For the sake of your career, to play games, that’s the number one thing. He’s not doing that, he can’t be happy."

You may also like...