Patrice Evra hits back at criticism over his claim Man Utd “don’t need” Donny van de Beek
Patrice Evra has doubled down on his view that Manchester United do not necessarily need Donny van de Beek.
Evra made the claims after the Dutch midfielder was once again left on the bench for United’s 0-0 draw against Chelsea on Saturday, with the £40m summer signing still yet to start a Premier League game for his new club.
Following full-time in the drab stalemate at Old Trafford, Evra told Sky Sports: “I have nothing against the kid, but why did we buy Van de Beek?
“He’s watching the game from the stands every game because we don’t need him. That’s the truth, but people will not say it loud.”
The comments received a mixed reaction from United supporters, many of whom suggested Van de Beek will become an important player, and on Monday afternoon Evra took to Instagram to clarify his views.
Speaking in a video, he said: “My dear United fans. Recently I made a comment on Sky saying we don’t need Donny van de Beek.
“When I say we don’t need him, I will give you a few examples: Fred, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic… love them or hate them, when we have to play big games and have to be big and strong they always deliver. This is my opinion.
“Is Donny van de Beek better than Paul Pogba? No. Bruno Fernandes? No.
“The way he played for Ajax is what I want to see for United, but we have one problem: How many games has he started this season?
“So that’s why I say we don’t need him, because it wasn’t urgent.
“I’m not happy with that and I feel sad for the kid, because when you sign for £40m you expect to play more. But I trust Ole, the player needs to trust Ole, he needs to stay calm and he will get his chance.
“So don’t twist my words when I say with Donny he wasn’t an urgency (sic).”
It remains to be seen whether Van de Beek will get an opportunity when United play RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Wednesday, but his situation is certainly an intriguing one given how little playing time he has been afforded so far.
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