Former midfielder Paul Ince claims that Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is “taking the p*ss out of” Donny van de Beek.
Van de Beek joined the Red Devils in the summer of 2020 from Ajax for £40m with the hope that he could bring some goals and creativity to their midfield.
However, he only made four Premier League starts last season and is having even worse luck this campaign with Solskjaer only affording him 15 minutes of league action.
Ince claims the decision to keep Van de Beek on the bench for most matches has “baffled” him as pressure grows on Solskjaer’s job at Man Utd.
“Donny van de Beek gets four minutes against Atalanta. What worries me is the choices Ole makes,” Ince told the United Stand podcast.
“This is a player who Ole said, ‘Come to Old Trafford, you’re going to start in my team, you’ll cost £40million, you’re going to be the centre hub of the midfield’.
“This is what he said and Donny thought, ‘F**k me, this is my dream, this is what I’ve been waiting for’.
“Two years down the line he’s on the bench. Ole’s actually taken the p*ss out of him.
“Not only has he taken the p*ss out of him, he gives him four minutes against Atalanta and then goes, ‘Oh by the way, here’s your chance, go and have 10 minutes against Manchester City where we’ve not touched the ball for 85 minutes and show me what you can do’.
“If I’m Donny van de Beek I would’ve said, ‘F**k that, I’m not going on now, you want me to go on for 10 minutes when we haven’t touched the ball for 88 minutes?’ Now you’re taking the p*ss out of him even more.
“It’s decisions like that baffle me, they really do. I don’t understand.
“He stopped Jesse Lingard from going to West Ham because he said he’ll be part of his team. You’re 2-0 down and you don’t bring him on.
“You see the situation with Paul Pogba now, he’s starting to get sent off all the time, all that is starting to flare up again. He’ll be gone by the end of the season.”