Bruno Fernandes can fully understand Donny van de Beek’s unhappiness and says his midfield team-mate’s lack of playing time highlights Manchester United’s strength in depth.
Netherlands international Van de Beek was handed his 10th start of the season in United’s FA Cup fourth-round win over Liverpool on Sunday.
He struggled to make much of an impact at Old Trafford, however, as he touched the ball just 23 times and attempted 18 passes before being substituted with 66 minutes played.
Fernandes was brought on for the Dutchman and once again proved the difference for United by scoring a free-kick 12 minutes later to earn a 3-2 victory.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted on the eve of the game that Van de Beek is not happy with his lack of minutes and Fernandes has sympathy for the £40million close-season signing.
“Donny had a great game,” he told MUTV. “Playing in the position I play, watching him he moves really good and played really well.
“It’s important for us. If I was in the position of Donny I would not be happy at all but the most important is doing what he does today, coming in and helping the team.
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