Man Utd’s Van de Beek ‘not a world-class player’ and should play for Everton

Former Dutch international winger Rene van der Gijp has claimed that his compatriot Donny van de Beek is not good enough to be considered one of the world's top players.

The 23-year-old joined Manchester United from Ajax in the summer and was expected to feature heavily for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

Although Van de Beek has been a regular throughout United's Champions League campaign, his domestic involvement has mostly been restricted to a bit-part role having started just once in the Premier League this season.

Solskjaer has faced calls to select him more often with the midfielder having played an important part in Ajax's journey to the Champions League semi-finals two seasons ago.

However, Van der Gijp believes that he is not at the standard required to make his mark on the United side, comparing his impact so far with that of Bruno Fernandes, who has excelled since his move from Sporting in January.

“Van de Beek is not a world-class player, more Everton,” he told SBS 6 as reported by Ajax Showtime.

“He (Fernandes) has scoring ability, depth and he can give balls of which you say ‘I never saw them coming’. And Van de Beek always gives balls that I think ‘I saw that too’ so there is little surprise in it.

“The question is: do you think there is still a lot of flexibility in Van de Beek? Do you think he’ll be even better than that very good year in the Champions League he had?”

Van de Beek is a product of the highly-rated Ajax youth academy and made 175 appearances for the senior side before his move to Manchester.

His only goal for United so far came in September during the 3-1 home defeat against Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

The Red Devils return to domestic action on Sunday following defeat against Paris Saint-Germain in midweek with a trip to face West Ham United at the London Stadium.

Solskjaer's side will be looking to record their fourth consecutive league victory ahead of the crunch Champions League clash with RB Leipzig three days later.

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