Gary Neville ‘baffled’ by what has happened to Donny van de Beek at Manchester United

Gary Neville has admitted that he has been left baffled by Donny van de Beek’s Manchester United career to date.

Van de Beek arrived at United as one of last summer’s major signings, joining from Ajax to bolster Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s midfield options.

Yet he has struggled to make an impact, making just 12 starts in all competitions and scoring once – a consolation goal in the opening-day defeat to Crystal Palace.

Although he was praised for his off-the-ball movement in the build-up to United’s winner against Brighton at the weekend, it looks set to be an underwhelming first season at Old Trafford for the 23-year-old Dutch international.

During a Twitter Q&A, Neville was asked what he made of ‘the misuse of Donny van de Beek’ and the former United defender admitted his confusion over the issue.

“I’m baffled by what’s happening with him,” Neville said. “He must be really low.”

It is not the first time Neville has expressed his confusion over Van de Beek’s situation at United, having previously admitted he did not understand why the Reds signed the midfielder.

“It’s interesting, something’s happened – the Van de Beek signing’s an interesting one – I still can’t get my head around it,” he said on Sky Sports in January.

“It’s almost as if that signing was sort of done in anticipation of one of the others leaving because Van de Beek has just sat on the bench for the last few months and he cost £40m.

“I think that Manchester United are preparing for someone leaving.

“Nemanja Matic might be finishing at the end of next season, maybe Pogba could leave.”

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