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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains Donny van de Beek situation as Manchester United nightmare continues


Donny van de Beek continues to struggle for game time at Manchester United (Picture: Getty Images)

Donny van de Beek was left on the bench yet again as Manchester United beat Atalanta on Wednesday night, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to insist he is doing everything right and the manager says: ‘I hope for him that he gets his chances.’

The 24-year-old continues to be a proliferal figure at Old Trafford as he watched his side come from two goals behind to beat the Italians 3-2 in the Champions League.

He has started just one game in that competition this season, coming off at half time in the defeat to Young Boys last month.

The Dutch midfielder will be even more concerned about his lack of game time in the Premier League where he has managed just five minutes of football in one single substitute appearance.

Manchester United’s win over Atalanta was just their third victory in their last eight games, so it will have been all the more frustrating for the Netherlands international to watch on as his teammates struggled.

Solskjaer has continued with the same shtick he has been producing since Van de Beek arrived at the club last year, though, insisting that the player is working hard, although it is bizarre that the manager can only ‘hope’ that he gets a chance to play.

‘Donny is still working hard, of course, and at the moment it’s hard,’ Solskjaer told RTL7. ‘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.’

Asked for specifics on why Van de Beek isn’t playing, Solskjaer said: ‘I can’t go into every single player, but if you see our team today I thought our performance was really good, he’s got some good players that he plays with.

‘He keeps training well and I enjoy having him there and I hope for him that he gets his chances.’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer started Scott McTominay, Fred and Bruno Fernandes on Wednesday, while Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic came off the bench (Picture: Getty Images)

Before the summer transfer window closed Everton were interested in taking the Dutchman on loan but Van de Beek revealed that Solskjaer blocked the move, telling him that he was likely to be in his plans this season.

Asked about that situation, the manager said: ‘We never got an offer from Everton, but there’s speculation.

‘For me, he’s a Man United player, he keeps working hard and tonight was another night that he’s ready and I know that when he gets his chance he’ll do his best.’

Solskjaer was becoming frustrated with the line of questioning on Van de Beek, and when asked about the midfielder angrily throwing his chewing gum on the floor from the bench during a previous game, the Norwegian became dismissive.

‘You never swallow your gum, when you were a kid you were told,’ he said. ‘You should throw it somewhere and probably during these Covid days you probably shouldn’t hand it to someone either.’


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