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Solskjaer accepts Van de Beek gripe: ‘I’ve been sub more than anyone’


However, he warned the Dutch international that he must channel his frustrations in the right way to make an impact and avoid affecting team harmony.

Van de Beek has started just two of United’s nine matches in all competitions so far this season and was an unused substitute in Wednesday night’s Champions League victory over Villarreal.

“I’ve been a sub more than anyone at this club probably and you have to be ready all the time,” Solskjaer said. “I’ve been unhappy a few times. I understand the frustration. Every player is keen to play, that’s got to be built into energy and determination for when you get on and show me.

“It’s not just Donny, it’s all players. I’ve got a squad of internationals and if we’re going to be successful we need positive energy, no sulkers.

“Donny has never affected his team-mates negatively. As soon as I see players affecting the team negatively then that’s a different scenario and I’ll probably be firmer.”

Meanwhile, the United boss had bemoaned the Premier League scheduling that sees side face Everton in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off, claiming it lacks common sense.

United were in action in the Champions League on Wednesday night, when Cristiano Ronaldo’s 95th-minute winner saw them come from behind to beat Villarreal and pick up a vital three points.

Having lost three of four games going into the fixture, United might have wanted to bottle that feeling at full-time and move quickly on to the next one. Just not, Solskjaer said, quite as quickly as this.


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