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Solskjaer's message to Van de Beek and Man Utd reserves about lack of games


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is relishing the chance to make Manchester United great again – but said leaving plates out is the worst part of the job.

Solskjaer, who has led United to the top of the Premier League in a little over two years in charge, takes his table-toppers to Fulham on Wednesday.

The former United striker was asked if he enjoyed every aspect of the job, despite the pressure and scrutiny that comes with it, and gave an insight into how he copes with the demands.

“Of course I’m enjoying it,” said Solskjaer.

“I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t and if I didn’t feel I was giving something back to the club.

“I can’t say there’s a lot I don’t enjoy. I don’t enjoy leaving players out, it’s hard for big games, players who deserve to play.




“It’s a difficult job to tell them on Sunday they’re not in a job and on Monday they’re back in a job.

“The chat to explain why they don’t play isn’t a good one, because of reasons to play.

“But that’s what I love about the job as well, working with human beings, to get the best out of individuals so we can get the team to progress together.”



Donny van de Beek has struggled for regular minutes so far this term at Man Utd
Donny van de Beek has struggled for regular minutes so far this term

One player who has struggled for regular minutes so far this season is Donny van de Beek.

Signed from Ajax for £40million last summer, the 23-year-old Dutch international has played just 15 percent of the club’s minutes in the Premier League thus far.

But former United ‘keeper Edwin van der Sar, now CEO at Ajax, has urged him to keep working and have full confidence in United’s staff.

“I do talk to more people at the club – Fantastic attitude, he is doing well in training,’ Van der Sar.

“It’s hard. Pogba is coming back, Fernandes is very important, Matic and McTominay, who are there.

“There’s no shame at all, it’s a big club too, isn’t it? Of course it is a large amount (the transfer fee), but they are confident that he will get there.”

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