Dutch legend Marco Van Basten has told Donny van de Beek that he made a huge mistake signing for Manchester United.
Holland international Van de Beek has played just 61 Premier League minutes for United since arriving from Ajax for £35million in the summer.
He failed to even get off the bench when the Reds were held to a goalless draw by Chelsea on Saturday.
And while United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has promised that the 23-year-old’s time will come, Van Basten believes the midfielder has blundered by going to Old Trafford.
Van Basten, who had a glittering playing career with Ajax and AC Milan, said: “Donny should not have gone to Manchester United.
“When you are a good player you want to play every week.
“It is really bad for a player like Donny to play only six or seven games this year.
“That is shocking for your match rhythm.
“I know he is earning loads and loads more than he used to.
“But as a top player you have to be critical and look at the chances of playing when you sign for a new club.
“Donny should have waited for better prospects and signed for another club.”
Van Basten spoke out in his role as a pundit on ‘Rondo’ a programme that is aired on Dutch television channel Ziggo Sport.
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Solskjaer played a huge part in United’s charm offensive for Van de Beek after a proposed move to Real Madrid broke down.
But the Dutchman’s only two starts this season have been in Carabao Cup games at Luton and Brighton.
He is battling attacking central midfielders Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and in-form Bruno Fernandes for a place in the United team.
And Solskjaer opted to call on Pogba when Mata was substituted against Chelsea.