Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warns midfield outcast Donny van de Beek that there is ‘no room for SULKERS’ after Dutchman was seen throwing chewing gum in disgust for being left on the bench again
- Donny van de Beek was left on the bench as Manchester United beat Villareal
- Dutchman could not contain his frustration after being overlooked late on
- He was caught on camera throwing his chewing gum and had to be consoled
- The midfielder has started two games this term and been an unused sub in six
- But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he has no room for energy sappers or sulkers
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he understands Donny van de Beek’s frustration over his lack of playing time at Manchester United but has warned that there is no room for sulkers in his squad.
Van de Beek was caught on camera angrily throwing his chewing gum to the floor and being consoled by teammates after he was left on the bench for the final minutes of United’s Champions League win over Villarreal at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
The Dutchman has started just two games this season – in the Carabao Cup exit to West Ham and the Champions League defeat to Young Boys when he was replaced at half-time – and played five minutes in the Premier League as a substitute against Newcastle as his career continues to stagnate.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) warns Donny van de Beek’s (right) there is no room for sulkers
The Dutchman reacts a minute from time after failing to be used as a substitute for United – he threw his chewing gum away in disgust after seeing Fred and Jesse Lingard (front) brought on
The 24-year-old almost joined Everton – United’s opponents on Saturday lunchtime – on deadline day and is expected to look for a move in the January transfer window.
Solskjaer sympathises with the former Ajax midfielder, having spent much of his United career on the bench, but wants Van de Beek to channel it in a positive way.
‘I manage a squad full of international footballers, competitive footballers, who want to make a difference, to play,’ said the United boss.
‘They all want to be on the pitch, of course they do. Donny was ready to come, as all players should be. I have been a sub more than anyone in this club probably, I must have the record, and you have to be ready all the time. I have been not very happy a few times, but that is just a decision the manager makes. Alex (Telles) was coming off as a left-back and Fred did that job well.
The 24-year-old is expected to push for a move in the upcoming January transfer window
‘I understand the frustration, every player is keen to play, that has to built into energy and determination for when you come on. Then show me. That is not just Donny, all the players.
‘I have a squad of internationals and if we’re going to be successful together we need positive energy. We can’t have energy sappers or sulkers.
‘Donny has never ever affected his team negatively. Just so that is said. But as soon as I see players affecting the team negatively that is a different scenario. Then I will probably be a little bit firmer.’
Van de Beek (top) sits on the United bench last season – he started just four league fixtures
United came from behind in the Champions League clash at Old Trafford after Alex Telles’ stunning goal on the hour and Cristiano Ronaldo’s last-gasp winner saw them hit back following a 53rd-minute Paco Alcacer strike to win 2-1 in the group stage encounter.
Van de Beek was on the bench for the tie but with a minute to play could not contain his anger after being overlooked when United prepared a double change to bring on Jesse Lingard and Fred – despite having an allocation for one more substitution.
Consoled by team-mate Dean Henderson from behind and Eric Bailly to his left, Van de Beek covered his face with his hand before appearing to take out chewing gum from his mouth and throwing it down into the United technical area where the manager and his assistant Terry Phelan were standing.
Solskjaer congratulates sub Jesse Lingard in the European comeback win over Villarreal
Eric Bailly (right) and Dean Henderson (top left) console a furious van de Beek (centre) in the Manchester United dugout after he was left to watch the action yet again against Villareal
According to reports, the Dutchman also threw his bib to the floor after being told he would not be coming on when returning from a warm up.
Van de Beek’s two starts this season have come in defeats in the Carabao Cup and the Champions League but ironically, back in September, van de Beek’s agent stated categorically that the midfielder was ‘not a Carabao Cup player’.
Guido Albers was explaining on Dutch television how United had blocked a move to Everton late in the transfer window in order to keep hold of the Dutch international.
‘The perspective now is that we stated Donny is not a Carabao Cup player, or FA Cup player, or to play only in European games. Donny went to England to play in the Premier League,’ Albers said.
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