Donny van de Beek isn't playing for Manchester United because the club made a mistake in signing the wrong sort of individual.

That's according to former Red Devils midfielder Owen Hargreaves, who has pointed out Manchester City do not make the same mistakes.

Man United were in hot pursuit of Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho all summer but were priced out of a deal for the England international.

Instead, United signed Van de Beek from Ajax, parting with £35million.

There is no dispute the Dutchman is a top operator but Hargreaves doesn't believe United needed another player in his ilk.

Donny van de Beek watched Manchester United draw with Chelsea from the bench

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United already have Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba who can play as number eights, leaving no room on the pitch for Van de Beek.

As things stand, Van de Beek is yet to start a Premier League match for United this season.

Hargreaves told BT Sport: "Because they've got two number eights in there with Bruno and Pogba and maybe again it comes down to recruitment.

The Dutchman is yet to start a game in the Premier League

"When City need something, they go get something that they don't have and I think United had those two players there.

"I'm sure he's going to get a run of games but when you spend £40m on a player you'd like to think he'd play. But I think Ole will find a place when it's available."

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