Manchester United have come in for criticism from some sections of their fanbase after Donny van de Beek was spotted assisting with a shooting drill before his side’s Premier League victory over Tottenham on Saturday. The Red Devils won the match 3-0 to move up to fifth in the table.
Ahead of the clash in north London, Van de Beek was warming up alongside his fellow substitutes after being named on the bench.
But he was summoned to help the starting team prepare for the encounter and was seen laying the ball off to his team-mates so they could shoot at goal.
Meanwhile, the 24-year-old’s team-mates who also didn’t make the starting XI continued their own warm-up to ensure they were ready for action in case they were called upon in the early stages of the game.
The actions of the United set-up to demand Van de Beek halted his own preparations angered Red Devils supporters and had some of them wondering whether boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had any intention to give the midfielder any minutes at all during the match.
@Boughfffb posted: “I feel like I just wanna cry for @Donny_beek6 the way he has been treated at @ManUtd. we all know it’s disgusting and he deserves much better.”
@jamesar81248302 meanwhile wrote: “It’s disgusting how donny has been treated #OleOut.”
And @TheChosenOne95_ said: “Donny been reduced to being a ball boy now. Sad.”
The player subsequently stayed on the bench for the full 90 minutes as his side won their first Premier League game since mid-September.
Solskjaer was under pressure to get a result at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after seeing his team whimper to a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool last weekend.
And the Norwegian was duly rewarded as his side produced a stellar performance to claim all three points.
Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring before the break as he volleyed home after being picked out in the box by Bruno Fernandes.
That’s despite the fact the Red Devils shelled out a staggering £40million to sign the player from Ajax last September.
Van de Beek’s days at Old Trafford look numbered and he was reportedly close to joining Everton in the summer – but a move to Goodison Park never materialised.
Newcastle are now apparently also interested in taking him to St James’ Park and the player is likely to do all he can to depart Manchester when the transfer window opens again in January.
Van de Beek recently changed his agent and is clearly unwilling to allow his career to stall anymore under Solskjaer.