Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has urged Donny van de Beek to “get on your bike” and claims the Dutch star “wouldn’t be there now” if he was representing him.
United signed Van de Beek from Ajax for £35million in the summer of 2020, but the 24-year-old has struggled to make an impact due to a lack of game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The midfielder is reported to have recently changed agents in a bid to force a move away from the club in January after just 141 minutes of action in all competitions this term.
And while Rio Ferdinand has sympathy for Van de Beek, he claims he now has to leave Old Trafford.
Rio told his YouTube channel: “Sometimes it just is timing when you’re there and it’s the ability to gel with what’s there at that time as well.
“If it ain’t all clicking together, then you’ve got to get on your bike and that’s what if I’m Donny van de Beek I’m off, there ain’t no talking to me.
“I know, listen. I love Donny because he’s a humble kid, man, but I’ve got to be honest for you, if I was looking after him, he wouldn’t be there still now. He’d have been gone.”
Ferdinand also believes the criticism aimed at Cristiano Ronaldo is a “disgrace” tantamount to “blasphemy”.
“I’ve heard some talk and the only way I can explain it, is it’s blasphemy, when I heard some people talking about Ronaldo’s the reason why Man United aren’t going to be a success,” he added.
“Ronaldo turning up at Man United, and yeah it’s great, but he’s going to be the reason why they don’t do anything.
“Listen, I’ve been seeing too much of it, don’t talk like that. Please, it’s a disgrace. Absolute disrespect.
“A player that’s done what he’s done in the game, a superstar of any generation, he’ll be one of the best players in any generation you can think about, and even again he just told people at the weekend what he’s about here… pressure’s on [and] he scores.
“To think that because he doesn’t press, because he doesn’t run as much as other people… that’s not what he’s there for.
“You play to people’s strengths sometimes, you can do that when you’ve got a superstar in your team sometimes for certain clubs.
“When you look at [Romelu] Lukaku, [Robert] Lewandowski, Karim Benzema… are they players, some of the best goalscorers of this generation,” he continued.
“Are they players that you look at and go ‘he doesn’t half work hard, he doesn’t half press the opposition. Harry Kane, he’s a great presser of the opposition isn’t he…’
“But we’re all talking about them like they’re great players. No one is questioning their work rate, their pressing ability.
“Let’s have it right, it’s got to be the same for someone like Ronaldo. It’s the bigger picture at United, the structure of the team, it was other things.”