Van de Beek's agent slams Man Utd for benching midfielder against Brighton and says they should have lost 7-1

DONNY VAN DE BEEK'S agent has hit out after Manchester United benched their new midfielder for the first two Premier League matches – and says Brighton should have beaten them 7-1.

Sjaak Swart believes the £39million star's 90th-minute arrival made the difference as United stole a 3-2 victory at the Amex Stadium with a penalty awarded via VAR AFTER the final whistle.

And ex-Ajax and Holland winger Swart says he could not have accepted the same sub-standard treatment for himself.

The 82-year-old told Voetbal Primeur: “A substitute, I don’t like it at all.

“I couldn’t do it myself, substituting in with four minutes left to play. Then you’d better let me sit down.

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“I have to say he did three more good things. The penalty, where the winning goal came from, came from him.

“But normally they should have lost 1-7. Five times post and bar, Brighton… They have a nice team, but that shouldn’t happen to Manchester United.”

Former Ajax hero Van de Beek was a scoring sub on his United debut, a 3-1 home loss to Crystal Palace in their Prem opener on September 19.

But having started in a 3-0 EFL Cup victory at Luton last Tuesday he will expect to again be in the line-up for the fourth-round tie at Brighton on Wednesday night.

And it might be a bit rich for Swart to voice too much criticism at this stage because he began the month by hailing his client's move.

He told Ajax Showtime then: "Manchester United s certainly the right choice.

“There were more clubs with interest, such as Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Juventus and Arsenal. There were six in total.

“It was already a regular matter in March that he would go to Madrid, but because of the virus, all of that has been postponed.

"Manchester United pushed through, and that is, of course, a very nice club. It used to be a Championship-winning club and they now want to build that way again.”


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