Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Donny van de Beek is “disappointed and frustrated” with his situation at Old Trafford.
The Dutchman reacted furiously towards the end of the Red Devils’ 2-1 victory over Villarreal late last month when Solskjaer chose to bring on Fred and Jesse Lingard over him.
There have already been rumours since the incident that Van de Beek will attempt to leave the club again in the January transfer window after only playing five minutes of Premier League football this season.
He was reportedly denied a late summer loan move to Everton with Solskjaer keen to use him more this campaign.
However, it hasn’t worked out like that and Van de Beek reacted to not coming on against Villarreal by throwing his used chewing gum on the ground.
In a sarcastic response to the incident, Solskjaer told Voetbal International: “It’s wiser to throw away your chewing gum and not to swallow it, we learned that as children. And giving your chewing gum to someone else is not possible in these corona times either. Sensible, so I could see he was throwing it away.”
On Van de Beek’s situation at Man Utd, Solskjaer added: “When you see our team, you know we have good players. I hope for Donny that he gets his chances and then takes them. Now I didn’t need him, but I know I can always count on him.
“He’s still trying hard, but it’s hard for him. I understand that. He is disappointed and frustrated, but he works hard every day and does it with a big smile.”
Van de Beek was an unused substitute again on Wednesday night as the Red Devils came from two goals down to beat Atalanta 3-2 in their Champions League group stage clash.
However, former Man Utd midfielder Paul Scholes was far from convinced with the tactics employed by Solskjaer and fears for them against Liverpool at the weekend.
Scholes said on BT Sport: “Ole said before the game it was 4-2-4. I don’t care who those two players in the midfield (are), when you are playing against a good European team, you are going to get absolutely destroyed.
“Neither wide player is running back, Bruno Fernandes is making the odd effort to get back in and help them, but they will get destroyed.
“If Manchester United were playing a really good team, we could be looking at four or five.
“The first half really worried me. I looked at that thinking about Liverpool on Sunday – thinking about Manchester City. In that first half United were all over the place and disjointed. Do that against Liverpool or Manchester City and it’s three or four nil at half time and you are out of the game, there’s no coming back.
“It was great fighting spirit but they still conceded so many chances. Everyone will get carried away with this euphoria now but will he play like that against Liverpool on Sunday?
“It was that brilliant, it was that good and everyone is smiling and everyone is happy. Go and do that against Liverpool and see what happens. Imagine Jurgen Klopp watching that first half at home, he’ll be rubbing his hands together.”