Jermaine Jenas thinks there is more that Donny van de Beek can do to improve at Man Utd despite his team-mates failure to pass to him.
The Netherlands international was expected to make a huge impact when he arrived in the summer from Ajax in a deal worth an initial 39 million euros (£34.1m).
However, it has not gone as planned for the 23-year-old as he’s been limited to just two Premier League starts for Man Utd despite featuring 25 times in all competitions.
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The majority of those appearances have been off the substitute’s bench and Jenas thinks there are a couple of things Van de Beek can do to make more of an impression.
“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 on BBC Sport during commentary of their 1-0 FA Cup win over West Ham on Tuesday night, which Van de Beek started.
“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.”