The former United captain feels sorry for how Van de Beek is going through a tough patch at Old Trafford.
Neville says he is surprised to see how often the Dutchman has been kept on the bench after being signed for a formidable fee in the summer.
“Van de Beek is a very good football player, at the moment he’s having a tough time and I feel sorry for the lad,” Gary Neville said when speaking about Donny van de Beek’s situation at Man United.
“Every time I see him on camera I want to hug him, I know I shouldn’t be hugging him because he’s £40m and we’re in coronavirus, but I think, “Oh God, Donny! Donny, come round for tea. Relax.” He must be thinking, “what have I come here for?
“I think he’ll be a brilliant player for United because I think he’s a brilliant player, but I don’t think we’ve seen it yet.
“You’ve been brought in from Ajax for £40m and all of a sudden you’re on the bench. He’s like, “Hang on a minute, you’ve brought me in to be a star here and I’m not even playing.
“I’ve not seen that happen before at Manchester United, they’ve bought a player for so much, so highly-rated and he’s just been left completely on the bench. I think he’ll come good.”
Van de Beek had a disappointing game against West Ham in the FA Cup clash and looked miserable after being substituted. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended his midfielder and predicted him to keep on improving as he gains more experience with Man United.