Ajax director of football Marc Overmars has urged Donny van de Beek to fight for his place at Manchester United.
The Dutch midfielder has been linked with an early exit from Old Trafford after struggling for game time since his £40million transfer from the Eredivisie club in the summer.
Van de Beek has started just two Premier League games, with the last of those coming in December 2020.
With United reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League, the 24-year-old’s game time in the cup competitions has decreased too, ramping up speculation he could even return to Ajax according to some reports.
However, Overmars has clearly stated that Van de Beek must stay and push for a starting berth at United.
“I think Donny should just fight, stay next year and try to claim a starting place,” the ex-Arsenal winger told Dutch broadcaster NOS.
“You shouldn’t leave so quickly.”
Former United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar offered his sympathy for the midfielder and believes United have too many midfielders.
“He walked the perfect path before joining United. He joined the [Ajax] first team from the academy, became a starter, won trophies, performed in Europe.
“But the midfield of Manchester United is too stacked, they’ve not had any injuries. It’s hard for him.”