This comes after Castles recently co-hosted a recent episode of The Transfer Window Podcast where he discussed a variety of subjects concerning numerous football clubs across Europe.
On the topic of Van de Beek and his current situation at the Manchester club in terms of his playing time in the Premier League so far this season, Castles had this to say on the matter. (33.27)
He said: “I’ve been asking how he has been dealing with it from other Manchester United players and they say he’s extremely professional, he’s been training very well, he doesn’t come across as angry, but the sense they get talking to him is that he’s confused as to why Manchester United would make the investment they did in signing him and then use him as I think as demonstrated by the selections, essentially as a backup for Bruno Fernandes.”
United signed Van de Beek back in the previous summer transfer window from Dutch side Ajax for a fee of £35.1 million.
Since his arrival at Old Trafford, the 23-year-old, who is currently valued at £31.5 million, has made 27 appearances for United across all competitions in which he has scored just one goal and provided one assist in the process (per Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on Duncan Castles comments on Van de Beek’s current situation at United…
Given how Van de Beek has only played 317 minutes of Premier League action for United so far this season, the lowest of any United player to have started more than one league game this season, it’s understandable why the midfielder is feeling confused about why he hasn’t been playing regularly.
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However, with it being reported earlier in the season that United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reassured the Dutchman over his playing time at the club, the best thing the midfielder can do now would be to work hard and make sure he takes every opportunity he gets to show what he can do on the pitch when he gets the chance.