Van de Beek explained how difficult it is despite Ole promise
Donny van de Beek has opened up on the mental difficulties of being frozen out of the first-team picture at Manchester United in a frank interview.
The Dutchman’s opportunities have been few and far between in his first season at Old Trafford,
only featuring in half the club’s Premier League games, most as a substitute.
And Van de Beek told legendary former United defender Rio Ferdinand
Moreover, Vibe with Five that not playing had knocked his confidence.
He said: ‘It’s difficult if you’re not really in the team, you’re waiting for your chance.”
“That’s not easy, if you’re not playing. Also not for the confidence.”
“It’s normal you need a bit of time to adapt but of course you are not happy. I want to play, that is clear.”
“It’s so hard (to deal with mentally).”
“I train really hard every day, I try to improve and just wait for your chance, that’s the only thing I can do.”
“If the moment is there, I have to be ready, it’s as simple as that. Be close with the players”
“be part of the team. If you’re not playing, try to help them and be positive.”
“You can’t sit there and be angry, that’s not the key to come in.”
He added: ‘Of course, sometimes you are angry, every player has that, but you’re not going to show them if you don’t train hard any more.”
“Then you give a reason for the manager to play without you. Don’t show (a bad) attitude.”
“The key is always being positive, you can improve every day. Being angry is not helping the team.”
‘The manager was really positive about me and said “I need you, I want to keep you here”.
He said, “I see a different Donny now”. I hope I can show people I have improved a lot now. I have to play more.”
“You can train hard every day but you need game time. If you play once a month, you cannot show your best.'”
The central midfielder, 24, signed for the Red Devils for an initial £35million from Ajax in August 2020
but has failed to break into a prosaic midfield engine room
with Scott McTominay, Fred and Nemanja Matic ahead of him in the pecking order.
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