"Pack your bags!" "Get away!" – Holland’s Van de Beek fears growing at Man Utd

Another month, another worrying Donny van de Beek report to come from Holland.

The Manchester United midfielder is cherished by his country, and rightly so. Van de Beek is part of an exciting generation for the Oranje that includes Frenkie De Jong and Matthijs de Ligt.

A successful Ajax graduate, much is expected of the man that helped lead his former side to the Champions League semi-final in 2019.

It is why, upon making the transfer to United, Edwin van der Sar specifically asked his former side to take care of him.

"Please take good care of our Donny, and help him dream," requested the Ajax chief.

But things have yet to work out for the 23-year-old. A sincere lack of game time has raised red flags and some in Holland are starting to grow concerned.

Mirror Sport takes a look at the comments to have come out of his native country since signing, starting with the most recent.

Players overlooking Van de Beek

Former Netherlands boss Bert van Marwijk, now UAE's national manager, has claimed that United's players are actually overlooking Van de Beek when he plays.

“He plays far too little. On Sunday he was again on the bench for 90 minutes in the big match against Chelsea," he told De Telegraaf.

“How is that possible? Van de Beek is not suddenly a bad football player or someone who could not handle the level.

“There, the spaces he is looking for between midfield and defence of the opposing team are missing or his teammates let the moment pass by.

“His well-timed runs are not recognised there. So, this is also the problem for him."

He adds: "If your teammates overlook you and the game is not aligned with you, you will also need to be able to find."

"Wrong choice"

Former United boss Van Gaal weighed in on the debate in December, claiming Van de Beek chose his next club poorly.

“I do hope for Van de Beek that his time will come at United, but in all honesty? No he has not made the right choice," he said.

“When you know Fernandes and Pogba are there, you don’t go there.

“Those are the positions where Van de Beek is at his best. And Pogba is not even playing every week!

“Fernandes is more important than anyone so he is always playing. And Van de Beek does not have the same quality as Fernandes.’’

Pack your bags

No pundit this time, just Holland's press getting involved themselves.

Netherlands' De Telegraaf, in January, urged Van de Beek to ‘pack his bags straightaway’ if he didn't feature against Manchester City in the EFL Cup.

He came on as a sub.

"Get away ASAP!"

While he may not be Dutch, well-known journalist Süleyman Öztürk had his advice published in Dutch football magazine Voetbal International.

"You cannot ignore the fact that Van de Beek has ended up in an awful situation," he said

"He'll never reach the numbers or the status of Bruno Fernandes when asked to act like the player in his absence."

He added: "My advice: try to get away as soon as possible if you don't want to be kept on a leash for too long."

"I don't like it at all"

Early on into his United career, a member of Van de Beek's agency rashly spoke out on the midfielder's constant presence on the bench.

"A substitute, I don’t like it at all," Sjaak Swart told VoetbalPrimeur .

"I couldn’t do it myself, substituting in with four minutes left to play. Then you’d better let me sit down."

Worried about his development

Former Everton and Netherlands defender John Heitinga has also expressed his concerns – particularly around his development.

“It’s not easy when you see the midfielders at Manchester United to play them out of the team," he told Stadium Astro.

“I’m in doubt if he made the right decision to make that move.

"I’m a little bit worried about his development because he isn’t playing many games. At his age, he needs to play games. This is not good for his development.”

An international warning

And finally Ronald de Boer, brother of Dutch boss Frank, warned Van de Beek that his lack of game time could risk his place at the Euros.

"The European Championship is coming, he will undoubtedly want to be there," he told AD.

"Maybe it would be good for him to discuss with the club exactly what they want with him.

"If the view on playing time does not improve, he may have to declare that he should be rented or even sold."

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