Van de Beek’s reaction to being substituted sums up his recent Man Utd struggles

It was to be yet another night of huge disappointment for Donny van de Beek despite Manchester United's narrow FA Cup fifth round win over West Ham.

The Dutch midfielder was given a rare opportunity to impress after being named in the starting line-up by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

But once again the 23-year-old was virtually a passenger for the majority of the game, and was substituted for Bruno Fernandes in the 73rd minute.

The statistics summed it up, with Van de Beek failing to create any chances and managing just one shot in his time on the pitch.

And his reaction upon being replaced summed up the obvious frustration and sadness the former Ajax star must be feeling at the moment.

As Scott McTominay and Fernandes warmed up on the touchline, Van de Beek was seen looking over in an almost resigned manner.

As it became clear that it was, indeed, him who would be coming off, he sadly made his way over before giving Solskjaer a half-hearted handshake and slumping down on the bench.

And to add insult to injury it was one of Van de Beek's main competitors for a place in the line-up, McTominay, who scored the winner in the 1-0 victory over the Hammers.

Things are just not going Van de Beek's way at the moment, and BBC Sport commentator Jermaine Jenas attempted to explain what is going wrong during the first half.

"It's a bit better from Donny van de Beek but it still feels like everything is taking a bit too long," he said.

"You have to be careful not to try and think Van de Beek can do what Bruno Fernandes can do. He's his own type of player.

"I think Van de Beek is still working out of what he is for Manchester United. I'd still like him to want the ball a bit more.

"Maybe have a shot instead of passing it back or passing it sideway. This United do not look for him, which is a bit of an issue."

You can't help but begin to wonder when, if ever, Van de Beek will finally show his true potential at Old Trafford.

It remains to be seen when his next start will come, but given the fine form of the likes of Fernandes, McTominay, Fred and Paul Pogba at the moment, it's hard to see it coming in the Premier League anytime soon.

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