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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes hits out at Donny van de Beek critics

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Donny van de Beek has had a difficult debut season with Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

Paul Scholes has questioned the criticism aimed at Donny van de Beek and believes it’s been ‘impossible’ for the midfielder to make the impact he would have liked at Manchester United when regular opportunities have been so hard to come by in his debut season.

Van de Beek arrived with a huge reputation from Ajax for a fee of around £40million last summer but the 23-year-old midfielder has endured a slow start to life with the Red Devils, making just two starts in the Premier League.

There have even been rumours circulating that the Netherlands international could be keen for a summer escape route out of Old Trafford after coming under such intense scrutiny in his opening seven months at the club.

Speaking on the Webby & O’Neill YouTube channel, Scholes jumped to the defence of Van de Beek and called for fellow pundits and supporters to have more patience with the peripheral members of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.

Scholes has sympathy for Van de Beek (Picture: Getty)

‘Axel Tuanzebe had a great year at Aston Villa, went on loan and did really well. He did get a couple of chances this season but it didn’t quite work out,’ the legendary ex-United and England midfielder said.

‘They need a run of games. It’s like Van de Beek, everyone’s having a go at him.

‘He plays one game and then he doesn’t play for the next 10 games.

‘It’s impossible for those kind of players to get any kind of form if they’re not playing games.’

Van de Beek will have been pleased to have put his struggles for form and fitness behind him as he got on the scoresheet in the Netherlands’ thumping 7-0 win over Gibraltar on Tuesday night.

Solskjaer named Van de Beek in his starting XI for United’s most recent match – their FA Cup defeat to Leicester before the international break – and the Norwegian could be tempted to give him another chance at home to Brighton this weekend.

The United head coach brushed off talk of Van de Beek wanting to leave as mere ‘speculation’ when pressed on the Dutchman’s future last month.

‘There’s always speculation here,’ the United head coach told reporters.

‘Donny has been focusing really hard, working really hard to get back available for the latter stages of the season, so that’s our focus.’

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