Rio Ferdinand admitted he was confused by Donny van de Beek's lack of first-team minutes at Man Utd as he detailed a key concern for the Dutchman going forward.
Van de Beek has been largely kept on the sidelines by boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since his summer switch from Ajax, despite United forking out £40million for him.
The 23-year-old was handed a rare start in the third round FA Cup tie against Watford, but will likely be back among the substitutes for United's return to Premier League action.
And Ferdinand feels van de Beek may now be thinking twice about his decision to move to Old Trafford, particularly with the European Championships approaching.
“I’m really surprised he’s not played more minutes," Ferdinand said of Van de Beek's situation. "I’m 100% certain that he expected to play more.
"The interesting point with the whole van de Beek situation is, what was the conversation in negotiations coming here?
"When you negotiate a contract to go somewhere, you come into the football club knowing where you are, if you’re going to start, or are they going to have to work their way into the team.
"That’s the important part and we don’t know the answer yet. I’m sure from the soundings that his agent has been given off, he expected to be playing games and be a major part of this team.
"It hasn’t materialised so far, and he’s got a Euros to worry about if that goes ahead."
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Solskjaer has continually rotated his squad throughout the campaign thus far, but appears to have settled on a regular selection of players, of which van de Beek plays little part.
Same can be said for Jesse Lingard, but certainly to a greater degree, with the England international featuring in just three fixtures so far in a season so far hampered by injury.
Lingard is out of contract this summer, though recent reports suggest United are looking to extend his current deal for a further year, if only to avoid losing him for nothing at the end of the season.
And Ferdinand has now urged Lingard to seek a move elsewhere.
"If I’m in his shoes, I’m, one, asking the manager what’s going on, and, two, if I’m not part of your plans, I’ve got to go," the BT Sport pundit said.
"He’s 28 years old, so he’s not part of the plans, that’s been proven by how many times he’s been selected.
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"He’s 28 – he’s not a kid anymore – he wants to go and play football, surely.
"Sometimes you have to put the badge down because it means so much to local lads especially, but when you come to Manchester United, it’s a hard badge to put to the side and say you want to go somewhere else.
"For the sake of your career, to play games, that’s the number one thing. He’s not doing that, he can’t be happy."
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