Gary Neville believes Donny van de Beek will still come good for Manchester United, despite his ongoing struggles at the club.
The £40 million Dutchman, who was brought in from Ajax in September, has struggled to impress, while featuring less and less for Olé Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
In fact, Van de Beek has made just 13 appearances for United this season, and while Neville admits it’s been a slow start for the midfielder, he also backs him to improve and show his magic in the future.
He said on the Webby and O’Neil YouTube channel, “[Donny] van de Beek is a very good football player, at the moment he’s having a tough time and I feel sorry for the lad.
“Every time I see him on camera I want to hug him, I know I shouldn’t be hugging him because he’s £40m and we’re in coronavirus, but I think, ‘Oh God, Donny! Donny, come round for tea. Relax.’
“He must be thinking, ‘what have I come here for?’”
The former defender added: “I think he’ll be a brilliant player for United because I think he’s a brilliant player, but I don’t think we’ve seen it yet.
“You’ve been brought in from Ajax for £40m and all of a sudden you’re on the bench. He’s like, ‘Hang on a minute, you’ve brought me in to be a star here and I’m not even playing.’
“I’ve not seen that happen before at Manchester United, they’ve bought a player for so much, so highly-rated and he’s just been left completely on the bench. I think he’ll come good.”