Since joining Manchester United from Ajax during the summer transfer window, Donny van de Beek is yet to start a single Premier League game for the Red Devils with his two starts for the club coming in the Carabao Cup.
Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves has revealed two reasons why Van de Beek has found game time hard to come by.
According to Hargreaves, Van de Beek is struggling to get game time at the club because Manchester United already have two no.8 at the club – Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba.
Hargreaves also blames Van de Beek’s struggle at the club on Manchester United’s poor recruitment as the club had no need for a player like Van de Beek.
Asked why Van de Beek has had such a slow start at the club, Hargreaves told BT Sport: “Because they’ve got two number eights in there with Bruno and Pogba and maybe again it comes down to recruitment.
“When City need something, they go get something that they don’t have and I think United had those two players there.
“I’m sure he’s going to get a run of games but when you spend £40m on a player you’d like to think he’d play.
“But I think Ole will find a place when it’s available.”
However, Manchester United goalkeeper, Sergio Romero, has asked the club to terminate his contract, the Daily Star reports.
Romero has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer preferring David de Gea, Dean Henderson and Lee Grant as his first three choices.