Former Premier League midfielder Jermaine Jenas has revealed Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek played with fear during Manchester United’s win over West Ham in the FA Cup.
The Dutch international was handed a rare start against West Ham on Tuesday night but failed to make an impact.
Jenas believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s refusal to give Van de Beek regular playing time has hindered the midfielder’s progress at United.
“That look on his face there I’ve just seen sums up unfortunately the way he’s playing at the moment, with a bit of fear and a lack of rhythm,” Jenas said during commentary for BBC Sport.
“I honestly don’t think it’s his fault. He’s out there being professional, doing everything he possibly can.
“But when you don’t have that run of games in your system or belief that you can go out there and afford to make mistakes, you don’t show the full version of who you are, and that creative streak which got him to the football club in the first place.
“It still feels like everything is taking a bit too long. 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 sideways. This United do not look for him, which is a bit of an issue.”