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The 24-year-old midfielder, who joined United from Ajax last summer for a reported £35 million, struggled to make an impact under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in his first season at the club.
In fact, the Dutchman has made just four Premier League starts since penning a five-year deal with the Reds.
"Donny van de Beek, he's not going to get a chance in this team is he? £40million and he ain't going to play," Ferdinand told his YouTube channel FIVE.
"Anyone coming in under Ole is an Ole signing. You give him the credit for the players who come in and do well, and you've got to take [criticism].
"I'm not one of those people who think every signing is going to be great. You are going to get them wrong, Fergie got them wrong.
"It's inevitable when you sign so many players that you get one or two wrong.
"Manchester United could be a step too high for Van de Beek," Van der Vaart told ESPN.
"If nobody leaves United during the summer, he is going to need to get lucky to break into their starting eleven.
"He is much too good to remain sat on the bench for two seasons. He needs to get regular playing time soon."
But things have yet to work out for the player, although there is plenty of time to change things around.
"He is still young, but the time is flying past. Joining a club like Borussia Dortmund would have been better for him." Van der Vaart added.
"Donny was a perfect fit for Ajax's system, but he does not fit in at United."
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