Solskjaer’s shout to Donny van de Beek gives clue as to why he’s not starting

A shout from Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer towards Donny van de Beek may be a clue as to why the Dutchman has struggled since signing for the Red Devils.

Van de Beek headed to Old Trafford from Ajax in the summer though has started just two Premier League games.

He was named in the starting line-up for Sunday’s FA Cup clash with Liverpool, which United ended up winning 3-2.

Though Van de Beek again struggled, being subbed off just after the hour mark having failed to make much of an impression.

Solskjaer appeared to be frustrated with the midfielder for slowing down a Manchester United attack.

The boss could be heard shouting at Van de Beek to “run with it”, being on his case again during the next break in play.

One fan suggested that it’s a common trait of Van de Beek, and is why Solskjaer does not start the Dutchman more often.

The boss himself has suggested it’s more because of the impressive form of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in recent weeks.

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Ahead of the clash with Liverpool, Solskjaer said of Van de Beek’s frustrations: “I wouldn't say that Donny is happy. Of course, he wants to play more, but he gets about his job in the right manner.

“He reminds me a lot about myself, when I first came in, that he understands my difficulties and challenges.

“We are doing well and have got players who are playing really well in his position.

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“I was the same with Sir Alex. When he left me out I understood and I was happy for the team to win – and Donny is that type of guy.

“He knows he is important for us and knows he is going to play many games.

“He will definitely be involved in this game against Liverpool and he might be the deciding factor in the game.

“He trusts his own quality. He is a quietly confident guy who deep down knows he is good enough and is just waiting for his opportunity.”

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