Manchester United have been accused of ‘spending £40million on a squad participant’ as they accomplished a deal for Ajax’s Donny van de Beek.
The Purple Devils introduced the signing of the Netherlands worldwide on Wednesday and he penned a five-year contract.
However former United academy participant Micky Grey has questioned why the membership has signed the Dutchman once they have already got loads of choices in central midfield, together with academy star Scott McTominay.
Earlier than Van de Beek’s arrival was formally confirmed, it sparked a debate over his doable function at Previous Trafford.
Is it broadly claimed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has introduced the Ajax ace to the membership to play in a extra defensive function to type a flexible three-man midfield with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.
Nevertheless, this has been dismissed by a Dutch soccer skilled, who advised talkSPORT Van de Beek is not any holding participant and as a substitute in contrast him to ‘Frank Lampard in his prime’.
Others, in the meantime, have questioned what his arrival would possibly imply for Paul Pogba, with former Premier League star Danny Murphy claiming it might be a sign the World Cup winner ‘might be off’ this summer season.
However Grey believes Pogba’s place won’t be in jeopardy as Van de Beek is barely coming to the membership for squad rotation.
And the ex-Purple Satan has admitted he’s ‘shocked’ United have chosen to spend that cash on what he believes is a squad participant slightly than on a game-changing marquee signing, like Jadon Sancho.
“That is such an enormous shock for me that Man United have gone for Donny van de Beek earlier than they’ve truly tried to get Sancho in once more or one other star signing,” the previous defender stated on The Sports activities Bar, earlier than the signing was formally introduced.
“He’s not the star signing I assumed Manchester United would truly carry by way of the door first.
“Is he even a place they want? Should you had requested me halfway by way of final season – Matic was struggling, Fred couldn’t get wherever close to the crew, McTominay picked up that unhealthy harm – I’d have stated ‘sure, he’s a very good signing’.
“However since then Matic has been excellent, Fred has improved however he’s clearly not for Man United transferring ahead, and McTominay has come again.
“I believe McTominay can be round for the subsequent 5 – 6 years, possibly even longer than that, and he can play in that holding midfield function.
“That’s the place they’ve purchased Van de Beek for. He’s 23 years previous, he obtained ten objectives final season, he’s 6ft 1in, and he’s an excellent signing… as a back-up participant.
“That’s what actually surprises me, that’s the place soccer is correct now, they’re shopping for a squad participant for £40m.
“I believe Man United’s first signing of the window ought to have been the one which obtained everyone talking, that star signing, like a Sancho – a participant who might have taken them from third to first within the league.
“However Van de Beek isn’t going to vary an excessive amount of at Manchester United as a holding midfielder.
“I believe he’ll be a very good signing for Manchester United, however he’s not the signing everyone has been ready for.”