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Donny van de Beek Accused Of 'Thinking He's A Big Boy' For Making Manchester United Move

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Donny van de Beek Accused Of 'Thinking He's A Big Boy' For Making Manchester United Move

Donny van de Beek has been accused of "thinking he's a big boy" by moving from Ajax to Manchester United.

The Netherlands international made the £40 million switch in the summer but has barely played for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side, managing just two starts and an overall 16 appearances in the Premier League.

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And Dutch legend Marco van Basten has slammed the 24-year-old for joining United, with the former Ajax and Milan striker feeling as though Van de Beek left Amsterdam for pastures new far too quickly.

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"It just shows what a great life they have when they play at Ajax," he told Ziggo Sport, as per Soccernews.nl.

"They all think very quickly that they are a big boy here and can make it in other countries, but in the Netherlands, there is a nice competition.

"In a team like Ajax you are really helped, especially in the No.10 position. Then you often see that they go abroad and it is a different story."

Van de Beek has found himself well behind the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Fred, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic at Old Trafford, having to make do with cameos from the bench.

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It's been a nightmare first season in England for him, particularly going into the European Championships. Despite the strong comments, Van Basten did also have some advice for Van de Beek.

He added: "You have to be able to take care of yourself. If you go to a club in another country, you have to be able to present yourself in that team in a way that the others will think: he is one of us and with him we are going to win."

Jackie Groenen, who plays for the United women's team as well as the Netherlands national side, recently admitted that she has playfully teased Van de Beek admitted that she has playfully teased van de Beek over his lack of game-time.

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She did also add that she "talks regularly" to her compatriot and believes that he is happy at United.

She told ESPN: "I joked the other day by telling him that I've played Old Trafford more times than he has.

"I think he's having a good time, so it must be fine. I talk to him regularly."

Recent reports say Jose Mourinho is keen on bringing Van de Beek to AS Roma when he takes over at the Giallorossi in the summer.

Topics: Donny van de Beek, Football, Manchester United, Ajax, Marco Van Basten

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