Ole Gunnar Solskjaer accused of failing Edwin van der Sar’s Van de Beek request

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s treatment of Donny van de Beek has been called into question by the player’s agent, Sjaak Swart.

Midfielder Van de Beek became United’s first signing of the summer back in August as he arrived from Ajax for around £35m.

He is yet to start for the club in the Premier League, but has scored and won a penalty in his two substitute appearances.

And Swart, who was a legend at Ajax, admits it has been hard to watch his client sit by as United struggle against Crystal Palace and .

“A substitute, I don’t like it at all,” he told Voetbal Primeur.

“I couldn’t do it myself, substituting in with four minutes left to play. Then you’d better let me sit down.

“I have to say: he did three more good things. The penalty, where the winning goal came from, came from him.

“But normally they should have lost 1-7. Five times post and bar, Brighton… They have a nice team, but that shouldn’t happen to Manchester United.”

United legend and Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar penned an open letter to the club and their fans following Van de Beek’s switch.

He wrote about how much the 23-year-old had improved in recent years, before adding: “Please take good care of our Donny, and help him dream.”

Solskjaer’s early treatment of Van de Beek may suggest he’s not following the request of his former team-mate Van der Sar.

He also put: “It seems our paths have crossed again. One of ours is joining you this season. And like so many players before him, he’s been with us since he was just a little boy.

“Shortly after his debut, he became one of our best. Especially the last couple of years were amazing. From the Europa League final (no hard feelings) to our Champions League run and winning the Dutch championship.

“The team he was part of showed the world who we are and what Ajax stands for.

“Like you, we pride ourselves on being one of the best at developing talent and giving young players a shot at the highest level. You could say your new star is the embodiment of that pride.”

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