Liverpool and Manchester City had the same “Donny van de Beek problem”, according to Manchester United fans who have been arguing over a solution.
The Dutchman arrived from Ajax for £40m this summer – but he has only made two starts, both in the Carabao Cup.
It has seen pundits slam the club for their transfer decision, suggesting that the 23-year-old is “not needed” at Old Trafford.
But one fan has come up with a theory that van de Beek’s absence from the team will be rectified soon.
Writing on Twitter, the supporter – identified as Vintage_Utd – said: “Leroy Sané wasn’t a regular starter for Man City at the beginning = nothing.
“Naby Keïta wasn’t a regular starter for Liverpool at the beginning = nothing.
“Donny van de Beek hasn’t been a regular starter for Man United = huge problem.”
Sane arrived at City in 2016 from Schalke – but did not become a regular in the starting XI until January of that season.
His 39 goals in 135 appearances helped Pep Guardiola’s side win two Premier League titles as well as the 2018/19 domestic treble.
While Keita, who move to Liverpool two seasons ago from RB Leipzig, spent his first season appearing from the bench.
But the Guinean international started regularly in the second half of the Premier League-winning campaign.
The post has earned thousand of likes since being shared on Monday – but some of the United faithful suggested that van de Beek was in a different situation.
“The different is those teams had a case for not starting hem as they had better players,” one supporter said.
Another commented: “Van de Beek is a quality player that deserves to be starting week in, week out.”
While a third suggested who the Dutchman should pick, with: “Those clubs weren’t picking their versions of Daniel James ahead.”
While others were in agreement, backing the theory of squad depth.
And a fourth added: “Exactly – man this is winning seven out of nine points in last three games and all I can see is negativity.”
A fifth compared him to a Real Madrid star, with: “It’s normal, easing in process. Happened with Ferland Mendy – now he’s settled, we still haven’t lost a league game which he has started in.”
With a sixth simply writing: “Better that he’s gradually eased into the side.”
It comes as van de Beek’s reaction from the bench to United’s draw against Chelsea caught fans’ attention for the wrong reason.
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