Ole Gunnar Solskjaer mocks "unhappy" Donny van de Beek question and explains Man Utd snub

Donny van de Beek was once again left out of Manchester United’s comeback win over Atalanta and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer found himself fielding questions on the Dutchman

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer mocked a question on Donny van de Beek throwing his chewing gum towards the Manchester United dugout, saying: “We learned that as children!”

Van de Beek was once again left out of Man United’s 3-2 comeback win over Atalanta on Wednesday night and Solskjaer found himself fielding questions on the Dutchman.

Former Ajax midfielder Van de Beek was caught on camera throwing a discarded piece of chewing gum while on the bench during United’s 2-1 win over Villarreal last month.

He hasn’t featured for United for the entirety of October and his situation doesn’t look as if it will be improving anytime soon.

Donny van de Beek has struggled for game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Man United


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Asked for his thoughts on the incident, Solskjaer provided a cryptic response in which he appeared to mock the question and the midfielder’s behaviour in throwing the gum.

Solskjaer told RTL7: “It’s wiser to throw away your chewing gum and not to swallow it, we learned that as children. And giving your chewing gum to someone else is not possible in these Corona times either. Sensible, so I could see he was throwing it away.”

On Van de Beek’s situation, Solskjaer admitted the £35million signing is “not happy”.

He said: “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.”

Asked why Van de Beek isn’t playing, Solskjaer added: “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.”

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