Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has responded to Donny van de Beek’s unhappiness.
Manchester United’s start to the season has been mixed. The Red Devils have played well in parts, but frustrated in equal measure in other fixtures.
With the Champions League and EFL Cup starting up, some fringe footballers were finally being given their minutes. Amongst them is Donny van de Beek, who looked pretty sharp against West Ham United last midweek.
That was supposed to be the start of the turnaround for the Dutchman. However, he’s been rooted to the bench in the two fixtures following. Against Villareal in midweek, he was visibly annoyed at not getting on the field when the match was locked at 1-1. You can understand why, too. Surely he deserved a shot?
Anyway, Solskjaer was asked about that in his press conference today, with the gaffer explaining that he understands why Van de Beek is upset – but he has to remain positive.
Check out what the gaffer had to say here:
“I manage a squad of international footballers,” the boss told club media. “Donny was ready to come on, as all the players should be.”
“I must have the record appearances as a sub. I’ve not been happy a few times. Alex [Telles] was coming off as a left-back and Fred did that job well.
“I understand his [Van de Beek’s] frustration. That’s got to be built into determination. That’s not just Donny but all the players. We need to have positive energy. Donny has never affected his team-mates negatively, I want that out there.”
Like Solskjaer says. He is the absolute definition of a super-sub. The Norwegian would always impact the game off the bench when needed – and he’s trying to make that influence rub off on Donny.
The difference? Well, Solskjaer actually came off the bench week-in-week-out. Van de Beek, right now, isn’t getting that opportunity whatsoever.
I genuinely believe the former Ajax man is getting seriously hard done by here. At the very least, we’d all have liked to see what he is capable of. But time and time again, he’s left cutting a forlorn figure amongst the substitutes.
My mind is blown at the moment because surely he can bring something positive to the table? Surely Fred can sit out a game or two in order to give Donny his chance. Let’s be honest, the Brazilian is hardly lighting it up at the moment.
I just feel sorry for the lad who just wants to play football. I’m hopeful he’ll get his chance but right now, I just can’t see it happening.
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