Ferdinand praises how van de Beek is conducting himself at United

Rio Ferdinand says he has heard from people inside Manchester United that Donny van de Beek has conducted himself impressively during his tough time at the club.

Van de Beek was bought by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but failed to nail down a spot in the side under the Norwegian and his fortunes have not improved under Ralf Rangnick.

A recent report claimed that Rangnick has the same concerns as Solskjaer about the Dutchman, that he cannot cover the ground required to succeed at United.

But Ferdinand said on his Five YouTube channel that he’s heard from his Old Trafford sources that Van de Beek is remaining professional, and is far from becoming a bad egg in the dressing room like some other players may become.

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“There’s (different) types of players in these situations,” said Ferdinand, referring to wantaway United stars.

“A player like a Donny van de Beek, who is conducting himself very well from what I hear from people on the inside – who just isn’t getting gametime.

“You’re happy for those guys to go and find time to play – and other players understand being sub and accept it.

“(Another) type; they cause havoc to get out. (They) cause ructions, (they) leak stuff in the media, be a disruption in the dressing room. They’re a bad egg and you want them to get out. You go to the manager and tell him to get them out.”

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Van de Beek did an interview with Ferdinand in September, where he spoke about his struggles at United.

The Dutchman came across really well then and has not spoken out in a bad way against the club or publicly agitated for a move in an unsettling way.

As Ferdinand said, could anybody really begrudge van de Beek a loan exit to get gametime given how he has been treated at United?

He has remained professional and it would just be good for him to get playing somewhere. It would be great if that was at United, but the signs are not good so far.

It is a credit to van de Beek that he has remained so professional and that is the kind of thing which means most United fans remain on his side even after a tough two years at Old Trafford.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.