Patrice Evra has defended his controversial comments about Donny van de Beek, clarifying his true stance on the Manchester United midfielder.
Van de Beek is yet to start a Premier League game for United since arriving from Ajax this summer and was an unused substitute against Chelsea in the dull 0-0 draw at Old Trafford.
The Dutchman was United’s first major signing of the summer and his lack of involvement early on the season has perplexed large sections of the fanbase, particularly given his impact in small cameos.
United great Evra received plenty of criticism on social media for questioning the club’s decision to sign van de Beek in the aftermath of the game against Chelsea.
“A team like Man United needs to be in charge, they need to be in control of the game, not waiting for the last 15 minutes to bring on Paul [Pogba] and [Edinson] Cavani,” Evra told Sky Sports, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
“Maybe they should start, maybe not. I just want to see the best players play.
“We’re talking about Van de Beek, nothing against the kid, but why has he bought him? He’s watching the game from the stand every game. We don’t need him, that’s the truth.”
Evra has now taken to Instagram to clarify his thoughts on van de Beek, claiming he was misunderstood.
The former United left-back said that he trusts Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to get the best out of the player and that he will soon get his chance.
We hope that chance comes for Van de Beek on Wednesday when the Reds return to Champions League action against RB Leipzig at Old Trafford.
Listen to Evra clarifying his Donny van de Beek comments below, via his official Instagram page:
Patrice Evra clarifying his comments on Donny van De Beek #MUFC
— United Zone (@ManUnitedZone_) October 26, 2020