Manchester United’s players do not trust Donny van de Beek enough with the ball yet, according to former Reds striker and ex-City manager Mark Hughes.
Van de Beek’s opportunities this season have been limited and he has largely struggled when he has played, including against West Ham on Tuesday night.
Van de Beek was visibly disappointed at being withdrawn in the 73rd minute of the FA Cup fifth-round tie, with the Dutchman looking resigned as he glanced over towards the fourth official’s board before being replaced by Bruno Fernandes.
Van de Beek was peripheral against the Hammers and Hughes doesn’t think the 23-year-old’s teammates trust him yet.
“You just sense… it looks like they don’t trust him with the ball yet,” Hughes told talkSPORT. “When the likes of Fred and (Nemanja) Matic look up and they see Rashford, they see (Anthony) Martial, they see (Mason) Greenwood, who is still a young player but has great talent, it’s like they defer to them, their first thought is to pass to them.
“Van de Beek, I haven’t seen a great deal of movement, I haven’t seen little movements to get in pockets of space, even though you suspect that’s the player he is and those are the areas he wants to work in.
“He’s been disappointing again. He’s playing for Manchester United, a huge club, he’s got to show more than he’s showing at the moment.”