How Rafael van der Vaart drags Man United to the mud over Van Beek playing time


Donny Van de Beek was Man United biggest signing of the summer from Ajax for around £40m with big prospects after his impressive performance for his former club and country but he has had to battle with playing time at Old Trafford.

This has caught the attention of Rafael van der Vaart who is unhappy with the treatment of his Dutch compatriot at his new club. The 23-year-old is yet to start a single game in the Premier League for his new team but has had a few of them in the Champions League.

The 23-year-old came off the bench to score on his debut for the Red Devils and has made five Premier League appearances as a substitute, playing just 75 minutes in the competition, despite United struggling in 14th in the table.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has decided to make use of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Scott McTominay and Fred ahead of the former Ajax player and former Tottenham and Netherlands star Van de Vaart decided to drag the club to the mud by speaking down at Van de Beek’s teammates

“Wait? Patience? Would you like it if you are stuck on the bench? The players in front of you can’t even kick a marble and [Solskjaer] still does not put you in the team. I would not be happy. I would certainly not be enjoying my football there. Look at the player Donny is and how he performs at the international level. I would not have it.” Van der Vaart said on NOS.

Meanwhile, Van de Beek scored in Netherlands’ 1-1 draw with Spain on Wednesday night and made it clear that he patient enough for his time but with the few minutes he has had, he has proven that he has a lot to give to the team if given more time on the pitch.


Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.