Donny van de Beek should not have joined Manchester United as he struggles for game time at Old Trafford, insisted Dutch great Marco van Basten.
Van de Beek is yet to start a Premier League match for United after arriving from Eredivisie champions Ajax at the start of the season in a deal that could rise to £39.1 million (A$71.5 million).
An unused substitute in Sunday's (AEDT) goalless draw with Chelsea, van de Beek has only played 60 minutes of football in four Premier League matches amid growing doubts in Manchester.
Van de Beek, who was previously tipped to join Real Madrid, played the final two minutes of United's Champions League win at Paris Saint-Germain, while the 23-year-old started both EFL Cup games, having scored off the bench in the club's Premier League opener.
Legendary former Ajax, Milan and Netherlands striker van Basten discussed van de Beek's situation at the Theatre of Dreams.
"Donny should not have gone to Manchester United," van Basten said on Ziggo Sport' 'Rondo'. "When you are a good player you want to play every week.
"It is really bad for a player like Donny to play only six or seven games this year. That is shocking for your match rhythm.
"I know he is earning loads and loads more than he used to.
"But as a top player you have to be critical and look at the chances of playing when you sign for a new club.
"Donny should have waited for better prospects and signed for another club."
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's midfield options include stars Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Fred, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay.
Solskjaer has preferred a midfield duo of Fred and McTominay just behind Fernandes in games against Chelsea, PSG and Newcastle United, with Pogba on the bench.
In his limited Premier League minutes, van de Beek has a passing accuracy of 83.33 per cent – better than Pogba and Fernandes, while his chances created – one – is the same amount as Pogba, Fred and Matic.
United host RB Leipzig in Champions League action on Thursday (AEDT), before welcoming Arsenal to Manchester in the Premier League on Monday.
The Red Devils are 15th in the Premier League through five matchdays, six points off the pace.