Donny van de Beek not worried about lack of Man Utd opportunities, says De Boer

Donny van de Beek is not worried about the lack of chances he is getting at Manchester United.

That is the verdict from Netherlands manager Frank de Boer, who says he has spoken to the midfielder.

Fans were full of excitement after the 23-year-old was signed from Ajax in the summer transfer window.

He was the first arrival and joined with many giddy to see the £40m man in action.

But that has failed to transpire as of yet, with his only started prior to this week being in the Carabao Cup.

However, he did his cause no harm after starring in a midfield diamond against RB Leipzig in the Champions League.

Van de Beek is yet to start a Premier League match but could be in line for one against Arsenal at the weekend.

But his lack of action for the Red Devils has not got him down, insists De Boer.

“You don’t say I’m going to Manchester United for the money,” he explained.

“He’s a young player who wants to play every week and would have been asking [the manager] what kind of role he saw for him in the coming years.

“That’s what has been made clear to him, otherwise he wouldn’t have made the step.

“A lot of other interesting clubs [Barcelona and Real Madrid] were also available to him.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come in for criticism for his lack of faith in Van de Beek but De Boer believes the Norweigan is managing him perfectly.

“I think Solskjaer has a plan with him, but it will take time to adapt,” he told talkSPORT.

“I remember when Neymar came to Barcelona from Santos and during the first few weeks he was on the bench. He was the superstar in Brazil at that moment.

“People have to understand him [Van de Beek], his teammates and the coach.

“He’s a guy that doesn’t get nervous, but of course I understand the current situation. United have spent a lot of money on the boy and he’s on the bench sometimes playing five minutes.

“I think overall Donny is a very intelligent boy and he will fight until the end. I think Manchester United will have a lot of enjoyment with him.”

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