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Bruno Fernandes sympathizes with Donny van de Beek over lack of playing time at Man Utd


Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has confessed he would be unhappy if he were in place of the summer signing of Donny van de Beek, who has struggled to make an impact so far this season.

A £ 40million signing from Ajax, Van de Beek has made 22 appearances in all competitions but has only started twice in the Premier League. He has been an unused substitute in the last six league games but got a rare start in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round.

Van de Beek played against Liverpool in the FA Cup
Van de Beek played against Liverpool in the FA Cup | Pool / Getty Images

The Dutchman was by no means poor during the game, but he failed to match the heights of scorers Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Fernandes, the latter having admitted to having genuine sympathy for Van de Beek.

“We have a very good team and we have options. If you look at the bench and the first XI today and the ones at home we have a very good squad, it won’t be a problem if we change the squad or if someone is tired because we have very good players, ”Fernandes told MUTV.

“Donny had a great game playing in the position I’m playing watching him move really well, he played really well. It is important to us.

“If I were in Donny’s shoes I wouldn’t be happy at all but the most important thing is to do what he’s doing today, come and help the team.”

However, it looks like Van de Beek isn’t too upset by the situation. According to Athletic’s David Ornstein, he had talks with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and was reassured about his future at the club.

Van de Beek has felt his playing time will increase as the season progresses, with the Dutchman supposed to come to terms with the fact that it is out of the question to give up Fernandes or Paul Pogba at the moment.

Donny van de Beek, Edinson Cavani
Van de Beek happy to stay at United | Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

Neither Van de Beek nor United have even considered parting ways this month, and the 23-year-old is ready to try to work his way into the boss’s plans.

The United Chiefs were impressed by Van de Beek’s reaction to this adversity, but also by Solskjaer’s ability to cope with the situation and calm his dressing room.

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