Gary Neville makes Donny van de Beek prediction amid Man Utd struggles

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has backed Donny van de Beek to "be a brilliant player for United", despite the midfielder's tough start to life at Old Trafford.

Van de Beek has struggled to get his United career going after completing a big money move from Ajax over the summer.

He has struggled for game time, making just two Premier League starts so far this season, but Neville believes he will come good.

Speaking to the Webby and O'Neill YouTube channel, Neville said: "Van de Beek is a very good football player, at the moment he's having a tough time and I feel sorry for the lad.

"Every time I see him on camera I want to hug him, I know I shouldn't be hugging him because he's £40m and we're in coronavirus, but I think, 'Oh God, Donny! Donny, come round for tea. Relax.'

"He must be thinking, 'what have I come here for?' I think he'll be a brilliant player for United because I think he's a brilliant player, but I don't think we've seen it yet.

"You've been brought in from Ajax for £40m and all of a sudden you're on the bench. He's like, 'Hang on a minute, you've brought me in to be a star here and I'm not even playing.'

"I've not seen that happen before at Manchester United, they've bought a player for so much, so highly-rated and he's just been left completely on the bench. I think he'll come good."

Van de Beek came in for criticism after his recent performance against West Ham in the FA Cup, with Mark Hughes claiming that it looked like his team-mates did not "trust him with the ball yet".

However, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the Dutch international "did his job really well", saying: "I thought the first half we and Donny played really well. We created the spaces we wanted to and he was part of that.

"He did his job really well, he was clean and tidy, had half a chance when Alex pulled the ball back to him. Of course, the second half the whole team fell off a little bit and we wanted to make a few changes."

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