JAAP STAM has claimed Manchester United played Donny van de Beek out of position and says the coaches he played under ‘have no idea’.
The Dutch midfielder moved to Old Trafford in 2020 from Ajax but has struggled for match action since.
The 24-year-old failed to establish himself first under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and then under interim boss Ralf Rangnick.
That led to Van de Beek heading to Everton on transfer deadline day on loan until the end of the season.
Former United star Stam, who spent three years at the Red Devils and helped them win the treble in 1999, insists that his compatriot can still be a success at his old club.
However, he blamed the instability around United for harming Van de Beek’s chances of succeeding.
He told De Telegraaf: “The lack of a philosophy or of a coach who just muddles around and has no idea is the problem there.
“Also it has harmed Van de Beek, because he really has the qualities to succeed at Manchester United in the long run.
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“With his qualities, Donny was a perfect fit for Ajax and the Eredivisie.
“But Donny couldn't get his head around the way United are playing. Hopefully he will pick up his game again at Everton.”
Stam also says United would have been better off playing him in a fashion similar to a box-to-box role.
He added: “The manager had to make the choice to place him as one of the two defensive midfielders so that he could help in the build-up and play higher. For example, next to Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes before that.
“It all depends on chance what they show. Donny works hard, runs a lot and is also good on the ball. You can vary with him.
“He can help build up backwards and has the content to play box-to-box. Only he was not awarded such a role.”
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