Dimitar Berbatov has advised Donny van de Beek to ‘push to leave’ Manchester United before the end of the summer transfer window and blasted the club over their handling of him.
Berbatov, the former United and Spurs striker, branded his £34million move from Ajax as ‘one of the most disappointing transfers ever’.
Watching from afar, Berbatov has absolved the player of all blame in the ‘strange, disappointing and surprising situation’ and believes United haven’t made the most of his obvious talent.
And he thinks Van de Beek – who hasn’t played a minute of Premier League football this season – has to force a move, particularly with his place in the national team at risk.
‘The transfer window closes on Tuesday and, while United have done well to bring in some good players, I still think there may be some action to come with outgoings,’ Berbatov told Betfair.
‘I don’t think we’re going to see any more playing time from Donny van de Beek.
‘It’s a really strange, disappointing and surprising situation. They spent around £35 million on him and, to pay that for a player who isn’t starting many games, doesn’t make sense.
‘I’m not blaming the player at all, but for me it’s one of the most disappointing transfers ever.
‘He has got a lot of quality. I don’t like it when clubs buy for the sake of buying and this is one of those situations. I’m sure he’s banging on the manager’s door and asking questions.
‘I think if he’s not happy, Van de Beek should push to leave. His place in the national team is at risk, especially now with Louis van Gaal in charge. Van Gaal is a disciplinarian who like his players to play football.
‘Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes are untouchable in the United midfield at the moment. Scott McTominay, Fred and even 33-year-old Nemanja Matic are ahead of van de Beek.
‘I know how Van de Beek feels. In the late stage of my career I was playing in Greece, the president wanted me and signed me, but the coach didn’t want me and we had some issues. It is frustrating for a player. He needs to have a long hard think about his situation and what he wants.’
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