Manchester United legend Patrice Evra has urged Donny van de Beek to leave Manchester United because people don’t respect him.
“When we bought Donny van de Beek, I was the first one that asked why we had bought another midfielder when we didn’t need one,” Evra told Betfair.
“We needed a defender at the time. Everybody jumped on me saying I hate van de Beek. I have nothing against him. I saw him after the Tottenham game with his family and I love him.
“I remember early on when he first signed, I heard people comparing him to Paul Pogba. Come on, guys, let’s be honest, he had only just come to the Premier League.
“My advice to him is that he needs to go somewhere where he feels loved. The problem in England, not just Manchester, is that people don’t respect him. He’s a very good player.
“He reminds me of Mkhitaryan and Sanchez, when they struggled at United. When these things happen, you have to go. He’s losing his time.
“He’s getting injured, he’s not playing enough and when he plays all the pressure is on him. I don’t think he can deal well with the pressure. Go to where you feel loved is my advice.
“We can talk about his performance, and I can say he missed his chance, but how many times has he missed his chance? I just care about the player now, not the club or him playing in England at this point.
“I think he came to the Premier League too early. Sometimes football isn’t about playing at the highest level, but sometimes football is about playing at a club where you can perform and when you can play to your full capacity with no pressure. That’s what he had at Ajax.
“He needs to think about his family and the people that love him because I don’t think he’s happy and I don’t want any player to be unhappy. I think it’s time for him go, because he’ll be miserable if he stays in England.”
Evra added: “I know Ten Hag is now at United, but I don’t think it’s about the manager, I think it’s about the culture in the Premier League.
“I don’t think he can adapt to it. Some can, some can’t. It took me six months to adapt to the culture, but people knew that for me, when my back is up against the wall and I have pressure on me, that’s when I perform the best.
“When I saw people laughing at me, I said “OK, I will show you.” I don’t think Van de Beek has that quality. Ten Hag knows him, but I don’t think this will change anything. Only van de Beek can change things, and the way he can do that is by going.”