Van Der Sar announces Man Utd confident Van De Beek ‘good enough to make the grade’ at Old Trafford

Edwin Van Der Sar has claimed Manchester United are “confident” that Donny van de Beek will make the grade at Old Trafford

The midfielder joined the club last summer to much fanfare, but has found starting places hard to come by, which has led to all sorts of speculation about where he fits into this United side.

Van de Beek has been restricted to just two Premier League starts during his first season with the Red Devils and has been left on the bench in each of their last five fixtures including a 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

Van der Sar was involved in the deal that took Van de Beek to Old Trafford and keeps in regular contact with his old club to discuss his progress, and The Ajax chief insists that the playmaker is held in high regard by the Solskjaer and the rest of the coaching staff.

He told Ziggo Sport: “I do talk to a lot of people at the club. Fantastic attitude, he does well in training.

“It [fighting his way into midfield] is difficult. [Paul] Pogba is coming back, [Bruno] Fernandes is very important, [Nemanja] Matic and [Scott] McTominay are also there.

“It’s no shame at all, it’s also a big club, isn’t it? Of course, it’s a large amount (Van de Beek’s transfer fee), but they are confident that he will get there.”

Man Utd fans will be hoping that this is true, as Van De Beek is too good of a player to be sitting on the bench every week, and if he does not get the game time that he wants, there are a number or clubs out there that would love to sign the man up.

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