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Solskjaer admits Van de Beek is unhappy at Man Utd

Sunday24 January 2021 | 8:51
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The Dutch midfielder has started only two Premier League matches for the Red Devils since he moved to Old Trafford in the summer.

Having left

Ajax

with a £35m deal,

Donny Van de Beek

joined Manchester United in the summer transfer window to play a major role in the team’s midfield. However, the player has struggled for playing time in his first season at Old Trafford as he has made only 21 appearances for the English side. The 23-year-old has made appearances in 10 Premier League games- only two of which have been starts. He has found himself down in the pecking order as

Bruno Fernandes

and

Paul Pogba

have continued to be

Solskjaer’s regular choices for midfield throughout the first half of their current campaign. In a pre-match interview ahead of the Red Devils’ match against

Liverpool

in the FA Cup, Solskjaer has admitted that Van de Beek is not happy with his current situation in the team and the lack of game time.

“I wouldn’t say that Donny is happy,"

Solskjaer said.

"Of course, he wants to play more, but he gets about his job in the right manner.

"We are doing well and have got players who are playing really well in his position."

Solskjaer added:

“He reminds me a lot about myself, when I first came in, that he understands my difficulties and challenges," the Norwegian continued.

"I was the same with Sir Alex [Ferguson, former Man Utd head coach]. When he left me out I understood and I was happy for the team to win - and Donny is that type of guy.

“He knows he is important for us and knows he is going to play many games."

Asked whether Van de Beek will play in the team’s upcoming match against Liverpool, Solskjaer responded:

“He will definitely be involved in this game against Liverpool and he might be the deciding factor in the game," Solskjaer said.

“He trusts his own quality. He is a quietly confident guy who deep down knows he is good enough and is just waiting for his opportunity.”


source: SportMob