“He’s disappointed”- Solskjaer admits 24-year-old Man United ace is unhappy at the club due to lack of playing time | OneFootball
“He’s disappointed”- Solskjaer admits 24-year-old Man United ace is unhappy at the club due to lack of playing time
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims Manchester United ace Donny van de Beek is still in his plans
The 24-year-old was one of the few players that joined Old Trafford last summer. A regular at AFC Ajax, Van de Beek struggled to make it on the team sheet last season. A move to Everton was on the cards in the summer but it was apparently blocked off by Solskjaer as the Norwegian insisted that the midfielder was a part of his plans.
However, he has continued to struggle for action this season as he is yet to start a Premier League game. Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Fred, and Paul Pogba have been preferred above the Dutch international, and his frustration was visibly clear when he threw a chewing gum on the floor during a previous game.
Solskjaer has now shed some light on the situation and reiterated that the former Ajax man will get his chances. The Norwegian told RTL7 (h/t The Metro):
‘Donny is still working hard, of course, and at the moment it’s hard. I understand Donny is frustrated, he’s disappointed, but he keeps on working every day with a big smile.‘I know he’s not happy, but he works hard, and he’s a top professional. He knows that that’s the way that sometimes it works in football, at the moment he’s not playing, but he doesn’t let himself down…He keeps training well, and I enjoy having him there, and I hope for him that he gets his chances.’
There is a lot of competition in the midfield line, and United are also at a disadvantage as they suffered an early exit in the EFL Cup– a competition where the Dutchman could have garnered minutes.
Regardless, it remains to be seen whether Van de Beek ever nails down a starting spot at the Manchester-based club.