Wright hopes VDB can ‘do a Lingard’ to stick it to Man Utd

Date published: Wednesday 2nd February 2022 9:45 - Will Ford

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright during an ITV broadcast

Arsenal legend Ian Wright hopes Donny van de Beek can show Manchester United they were “wrong” not to give him a chance at the club.

The midfielder has joined Frank Lampard at Everton on loan from Old Trafford for the remainder of the season.

It ends a horrific time for the Netherlands international, who made just four Premier League starts for United in 18 months.

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His lack of game time has led to him not being called up by Louis van Gaal for the last few rounds of international games ahead of the World Cup in Qatar this year.

Wright believes United’s treatment of Van de Beek has been “wrong” and he hopes the 24-year-old can replicate the form Jesse Lingard showed while on loan at West Ham last season.

He told The Ringer podcast: “The move from Ajax to Man United was a massive move, a great move, we’re all thinking great things [that] he’s going to do, but it hasn’t happened and I know there’s an unbelievable player in there.

“I’m hoping that can work for him, he’s going to need a bit of time but then again I hope he doesn’t need that bit of time so he can show, like what Jesse [Lingard] done [when he] went to West Ham and was just blasting.

“[I hope] Donny does the same, so we can see what those people [Manchester United] what they’ve done to that guy in the last few years is wrong.

“So I’m hoping for Donny van de Beek [to regain form/international place].”

Wright also says he was sad to see Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave Arsenal in January.

“He’s taken a massive cut to go there and he’s willing to do that,” Wright said.

“With all the people saying he’s just signed a contract and just clocked off, he got offered the same money he’s on at Arsenal to go to Saudi Arabia.

“We’re talking about somebody who is a very colourful individual and plays football with a smile on his face. When it’s not right you can see it’s not right for him and it’s not about the money.

“Because he’s himself, he’s very colourful, people can easily get that mixed up. When he came to this country everybody talked about him as this party animal, but he’s not like that at all. He’s a family man. He’s a family man that likes colourful clothes and colourful cars, but scores goals.

“The saddest thing for me was that we don’t know what’s happened. I’m not really bothered to know what has happened now with him and Mikel. What couldn’t be healed in a time where we need goals.

“I’m quite disappointed that somewhere along the line something couldn’t have been resolved.

“But it’s not resolved, he’s gone and I’m sad to see him go.”


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