‘I’m a little bit worried about his development… he needs to play games’: Former Holland star Johnny Heitinga questions Donny van de Beek’s decision to join Manchester United and claims midfielder will struggle to nail down a starting spot
- Donny van de Beek moved to Manchester United from Ajax in a £40m deal
- He struggled for game time at the start of the season but enjoyed a recent run
- However, that string of appearances came to an end for the Manchester derby
- Johnny Heitinga believes he will struggle at the club due to the competition
Johnny Heitinga has joined the list of former players and coaches to question Donny van de Beek’s summer move to Manchester United and admits he is concerned about the midfielder’s development.
The Holland international was frustrated by limited game time at the beginning of the season following his £40million transfer from Ajax, before enjoying a run in the side which began late last month.
However, that run of games came to an end on Saturday evening when he was an unused substitute in the tepid stalemate with Manchester City at Old Trafford, leaving him with just one goal and one assist in 16 appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.
Johnny Heitinga has questioned Donny van de Beek’s decision to join Manchester United
Van de Beek saw little game time at the start but had a recent run under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Holland legend Marco van Basten and more recently former United boss Louis van Gaal have also criticised the 23-year-old’s decision to swap Amsterdam for Manchester.
They have now been joined by former Everton and Fulham defender Heitinga, who believes van de Beek will struggle to claim a regular starting spot.
‘He has had an impact when coming on,’ former Holland defender Heitinga told Stadium Astro.
‘I have doubts that he made the right decision in going to Manchester United because they have top quality midfielders – [Paul] Pogba, Bruno Fernandes.
That string of games came to an end when he was unused substitute in the Manchester derby
And former Holland defender Johnny Heitinga (front) believes he will struggle for game time
‘He has to get used to the speed of play, the fitness. It’s tough, it’s intense in the Premier League, the Dutch league can’t be compared.
‘Frenkie de Jong is playing at Barcelona, Matthijs de Ligt is at Juventus, Hakim Ziyech is playing for Chelsea, so Donny was part of a team and now he has to do it by himself.
‘It’s not easy when you see the midfielders at Manchester United to play them out of the team. I’m in doubt if he made the right decision to make that move.