Man Utd ace Donny van de Beek told to ‘pack bags’ if Solskjaer snubs star for Man City
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When Donny van de Beek signed for Manchester United in the summer window, it was expected he would play a pivotal role in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. After paying a fee of £35million, the signs pointed to him being a regular, even in his first season with the club.
But the 23-year-old has endured a difficult opening months to his Old Trafford career, finding opportunities difficult to come by.
In the opening 17 Premier League games, he has started just on two occasions, with his last minutes in the league coming against leeds on December 20.
The majority of his opportunities have come in the Carabao Cup, where they will face rivals Man City on Wednesday.
Solskjaer started the midfielder in their quarter final win over Everton and could come back into the line-up against Pep Guardiola.
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Should he not however, a report in the Dutch press has urged the Netherland international to ‘pack his bags straightaway’.
De Telegraaf (via Sport Witness) suggest that his continued exclusion from Solskjaer’s XI could put his place at the delayed Euro 2020 under threat.
The United boss has defended his approach to the summer signing, suggesting there would always be a period of adaptation to a new league.
He said: “When players come into a new league, a new team, it’s always going to be a time of [transition]. When Donny has played, he’s played really well.
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“I think it says a lot about our depth of quality in the squad that we don’t have to use him every single game because we have other players as well.”
Van de Beek has maintained a similarly diplomatic viewpoint on the situation, claiming he is happy with his current situation.
“It sounds cliché for me to say this, because of course I would have liked to play more, but I really enjoy being in a nice team,” Van de Beek said in November.
“I am simply received very well and helped by everyone.
“I’m a patient person, but of course you go there to play as much as possible.
“I also think – in the minutes that I have made, in the times that I have come in – I have shown that I can add something to the team.”
Asked what advice his manager has give him, he added: “What does he [Solskjaer] say to me? That I have to be patient, but also that I just have to continue with what I am doing.
“And that he’s seen that I have a good impact when I come into the field. My time is definitely coming. And when those opportunities come, I have to be there.”
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