Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek has played just six Premier League minutes so far this season, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saying there is no room for ‘sulkers’
Van de Beek was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s most high-profile arrival in the summer of 2020, signing from Ajax in a deal worth £35million.
But after enduring a difficult first season in English football, he has once again found himself on the sidelines in the early portions of this one.
The midfielder has played just six minutes in the Premier League, starting just two games in all competitions.
Reports in the summer had linked Van de Beek with a move to Everton, with Toffees director Marcel Brands refusing to rule out another approach in January.
“We had him on our list. At the beginning of the transfer window, we enquired at United, then it was impossible,” he told NOS.
“You always depend on whether a club wants to cooperate,” Brands continued. “And it is early October, so much can still happen with injuries. United are playing on various fronts, it’s hard to say now.
And Arsenal legend Ian Wright claimed that the Netherlands international should look to move if and when an opportunity presents itself.
“The way that Ajax play with their possession football, the way that he’s grown up in that Ajax academy knowing how to make moves off of a team that are able to continually hold the ball, is totally different to how Man United play,” Wright told Optus Sport.
“It’s baffling to me that he went to Man United.
“It’s not like they’re going to change the way they play for Donny van de Beek to play. The signing was wrong.
“At this stage, I’ve not seen him play more than three games on the spin for Man United, it’s gone wrong.
“He has got to get out of there because it’s not going to work for him at Man United.
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“He is not going to get the opportunity to play, and he is somebody that should be playing because he is a fantastic player.”
After footage appeared to show Van de Beek frustrated while on the bench, Solskjaer warned there was no place for ‘sulkers’ in his squad.
“If we’re going to be successful together, we know that we need positive energy,” the Norwegian said.
“We can’t have sulkers, but Donny has never affected his team-mates negatively.
“As soon as I see players affecting the team negatively that’s a different scenario and I’ll probably be a little bit firmer.”
But Wright took aim at the United boss, branding his comments as “ridiculous”.
He added: “‘We’re talking about somebody who’s not even had a chance and he’s obviously been very professional about what he’s doing, and he’s [Solskjaer’s] saying if he sees anything different, what, he’s going to blow him out? Ridiculous interview.”