Keith Gillespie has exclusively told Football FanCast that Manchester United’s array of attacking players is the reason for Donny van de Beek’s lack of opportunities.
The Dutch midfielder arrived in a £35m deal from Ajax last summer but has been reduced to a bit-part role by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Van de Beek has featured 32 times in all competitions for the Red Devils, but having played under 1,200 minutes, is averaging just 37 minutes every match.
10 of his 12 starts for United have come in the cups and Europe, and you have to go back to early December for his most recent in the Premier League.
Solskjaer has been favouring the likes of Fred, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay in the midfield roles, with the in-form pair Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes occupying the central attacking spots.
It means that the former Ajax star has been reduced to mainly substitute appearances following his move to Old Trafford, giving him little opportunity to impress.
And whilst Gillespie believes he’s better than some of those playing ahead of him, he knows exactly why the 24-year-old is struggling for regular action.
He told Football FanCast:
“For me he’s a better footballer than Fred, and Matic, McTominay, he is a more gifted footballer, but in terms of that holding role and what they do for the side, he just isn’t that.
“So, trying to find a place for him further forward, you’ve got Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba and Greenwood, it’s really difficult.”