Former Manchester United man Keith Gillespie says he is baffled by the treatment of Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek after the splashed out to bring him to Old Trafford last summer, in an exclusive interview with Football FanCast.
The Netherlands international has struggled for minutes at times this season following his £35m switch from Ajax last summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has handed Van de Beek just two Premier League starts this season, with his latest outing being a six-minute cameo in the 3-1 win over Burnley at the weekend.
He did lay on an assist in that time but Gillespie believes that such a huge outlay for a player should result in him playing most games of the season, not sitting on the bench.
Indeed, the 24-year-old has completed the 90 minutes in the Premier League once this season, in the 3-2 win over Southampton in November.
And the former Northern Ireland international believes that Van de Beek would have played far more for most other teams in the division.
He told FFC: “I would just question, just sort of why?
“Everyone needs a big squad but you look at other clubs, if they go out and spend that type of money, that’s a player that’s going straight into your side.
“That’s not somebody who’s going to sit on the bench for the majority of the season.”