Ole Gunnar Solskjaer slammed for ‘insane’ selection error in Man Utd’s 4-1 Newcastle win

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been criticised for leaving Donny van de Beek on the bench against Newcastle United on Saturday. Van de Beek is yet to start in the Premier League following his £40million move from Ajax.

Van de Beek was left on the bench against Newcastle on Saturday.

The Dutch midfielder, who became United’s biggest signing of the summer transfer window, has found game time hard to come by since moving from Ajax.

He hasn’t been able to get more than 25 minutes of football in the league so far, though he’s started two Carabao Cup games.

Following United’s 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Tottenham before the international break, coupled with his goal for Holland against Italy this week, Solskjaer faced calls to finally give him a start in the league.

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But the Norwegian boss instead opted for a central midfield pairing of Fred and Scott McTominay, with Bruno Fernandes playing in a central attacking midfield role.

And Solskjaer faced criticism for his team selection after the game, with former France midfielder Frank Leboeuf questioning his selection on ESPN FC.

He said: “It’s insane. You buy a player and don’t play him…”

Leboeuf was appearing alongside former Premier League goalkeeper Shaka Hislop, who was also critical.

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He added: “I don’t understand it, if you’re playing against a team like Newcastle there’s absolutely no reason why Van de Beek starts on the bench and you play Daniel James against a Newcastle side who… don’t get me started on Newcastle.

“It makes absolutely no sense.”

Solskjaer was in no mood to discuss his decision-making after the game, however. The boss reassured United fans that Van de Beek would get game time when the time is right.

He said: “He’ll get his game time. He’s been fantastic in the group.

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“I think you see today and in training, he’s so neat and tidy, I don’t think he lost the ball once.

“It’s about finding the balance in the team.

“We’ve won 4-1 today and you’re asking why I didn’t start one of the players.

“He’ll have a very good impact on the team.”

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