Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer accused of ‘fooling’ Donny van de Beek with exit backed

Man Utd: Solskjaer assesses van de Beek performance

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been accused of ‘fooling’ Donny van de Beek by a journalist working in the Netherlands. The midfielder has struggled for action at Old Trafford since his summer move from Ajax, recently failing to make his mark in a 3-2 FA Cup win over Liverpool. But the Red Devils are still convinced he’ll come good behind the scenes.

United signed Van de Beek in the summer after being priced out of a deal for Jack Grealish.

But it’s been a difficult time in English football for the midfielder so far, with the Dutchman currently behind the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba in Solskjaer’s pecking order.

He was flat in the club’s 3-2 win over Liverpool on Sunday, being hooked for Fernandes who ended up scoring a sensational winner.

United have insisted they’re behind Van de Beek and won’t be selling him in the January transfer window, despite links to La Liga and Serie A giants Real Madrid and Inter Milan.

But journalist Süleyman Öztürk, writing for Dutch publication Voetbal International, has urged Van de Beek to leave the club and slammed Solskjaer for his handling of the player.

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“You cannot ignore the fact that Van de Beek has ended up in an awful situation,” he said.

“He’ll never reach the numbers or the status of Bruno Fernandes when asked to act like the player in his absence.

“The Portuguese likes to go to the ball, whereas Van de Beek moves away from it.

“Solskjaer tries to keep him sharp and motivated by saying that he must be patient. But the reality is his competitor (Fernandes) is so dominant that Solskjaer cannot call upon Van de Beek.

“He is currently being fooled by his coach. My advice: try to get away as soon as possible if you don’t want to be kept on a leash for too long.”


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Van de Beek was flat against Liverpool but Fernandes praised him after the game.

“Donny did a great game, playing in the position I play,” he said.

“Watching him I think he moves really good, in the first half he had a little bit more of the ball.

“He played really well and it’s important for us.

“Everyone wants to play and If I was in the position of Donny I would not be happy at all, but the most important is doing what he does today, coming in and doing the best he can and helping the team.”

United legend Edwin van der Sar, who managed Van de Beek’s affairs while the midfielder was at Ajax, believes his compatriot will come good at Old Trafford.

Van der Sar has claimed his compatriot still has the backing of the United hierarchy, despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reluctance to throw him into the firing line.

“I do talk to a lot of people at the club [Manchester United],” Van der Sar told Dutch broadcaster Ziggo Sport.

“Fantastic attitude, he does well in training.

“It [sealing a spot in the Manchester United midfield] is difficult.

“[Paul] Pogba is coming back, [Bruno] Fernandes is very important, [Nemanja] Matic and [Scott] McTominay, are also there.

“It’s no shame at all, it’s also a big club, isn’t it?

“Of course, it’s a large amount [Van de Beek’s transfer fee], but they are confident that he will get there.”

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