Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has U-turned on his decision to leave out Donny van de Beek by vowing to start him in the FA Cup against Watford.
Van de Beek was in the news all last week after he was given just two minutes of game time in United’s Carabao Cup semi-final defeat by Manchester City.
Red Devils supporters hit out at Solskjaer’s handling of Van de Beek on social media, with one Twitter user labelling the late substitution “disgraceful”.
Van de Beek’s City cameo came after he was left out of Manchester United’s Premier League fixtures over the Christmas and New Year’s period.
Ahead of the match the midfielder was advised by the Dutch press to “pack his bags straightaway” and leave United if he was left out of the fixture.
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Solskjaer was asked about Van de Beek ahead of his side’s clash with Watford this weekend, and vowed to return him to the first team.
“I’ve answered this question so many times. There are so many examples of players needing a little bit of time, quality players,” said the Manchester United boss.
“We have many examples ourselves and there are other clubs with examples. Sometimes it takes time. You don’t expect people who care for him to be quiet at times, especially when they want the best for them.
“Donny is going to play tomorrow, that’s another chance for him. I’ve spoken to him and reiterated and made him aware of how much we rate him. But he’ll play tomorrow and that’s another good chance to kick on.”
According to reports in Holland, Van de Beek is said to be “upset” and “disappointed” at Man United, with Soccer News revealing he doesn’t want to give interviews at the moment.
Van de Beek has received advice from a number of former professionals in recent weeks, with Ronald de Boer instructing the midfielder to talk to the board.
He suggested a discussion with United chiefs would help Van de Beek clarify his position.
De Boer told AD: “Euro 2020 is coming, he will undoubtedly want to be there. Maybe it would be good for him to discuss with the club exactly what they want with him.
“If the view on playing time does not improve, he may have to declare that he should be loaned or even sold.
“You have to be lucky every now and then. Of course it doesn’t look great now, but with a great performance it can suddenly change completely.
“We also don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes. Perhaps they have made certain agreements with his transfer, they will get him ready for next year this season.
“That always remains a bit of a guess.”
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