Former Manchester United man Keith Gillespie has urged Donny van de Beek to leave the club this summer, telling Football FanCast that he simply hasn’t been given a chance at Old Trafford.
United spent £35m to extricate the Netherlands international from Ajax, where he had become something of a star.
In total, he made 175 appearances for the Dutch club, scoring 41 goals, and he played a key role in their progression to the Champions League semi-finals in 2018, when they were beaten by Tottenham Hotspur.
Since then, he has made just two starts in the Premier League, and has only completed the 90 minutes once, in the 3-2 win over Southampton in November.
He has finished the 90 minutes three times in all competitions, also doing so against Watford in the FA Cup, Brighton and Hove Albion in the EFL Cup, and Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League.
Gillespie does not think he has been given the opportunity to become a star at United, and has urged him to move on and find a club where he can play regularly, though he believes there will be suitors queuing around the block to snap him up.
He told FFC: “If they have to cut their losses and let him move on, I’m sure there’s plenty of clubs out there who would love Donny van de Beek, so I don’t think it’s going to be a problem in terms of clubs coming in for him, but I think he probably just needs to leave.
“It’s been very unfair on him because from the very off he hasn’t been given a chance.
“He gets the odd game here and there but it’s very difficult to get up to speed when you play one game and then you’re out for five and then you maybe come on for 30 minutes, that’s the way it’s been for him all season.”