Ole Gunnar Solskjaer understands Donny van de Beek’s frustration, but says Man Utd can’t have jerks – NBC Sports Regional Networks

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Donny van de Beek joined Ajax Man Utd last summer, but had a hard time playing regularly under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer; Van de Beek looked annoyed when he remained on the bench during Man Utd’s Champions League victory against Villarreal on Wednesday; Solskjaer: “I understand the frustration”

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he understands Donny van de Beek’s frustration over a lack of minutes

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer understands Donny van de Beek’s frustration at the lack of minutes, but insists Manchester United “shouldn’t be a jerk.”

Van de Beek joined Ajax for United last summer for a £ 39 million prize, but was unable to play regularly under Solskjaer.

The 24-year-old started just two games this season – in the Carabao Cup defeat against West Ham and the Champions League defeat in the Young Boys – and played five minutes in the Premier League as a substitute against Newcastle.

He looked annoyed at his United Champions League win over Villarreal on Wednesday when Solskjaer decided to leave him on the bench and bring Jesse Lingard and Fred, but the United boss said he understood his disappointment.

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“I’m running a team full of international footballers, competitive footballers who want to change, they want to play. They all want to be on the field, of course they do,” Solskjaer told reporters on Friday.

“Donny was ready for the match [against Villarreal], as every player should be. I’m probably more of a substitute than anyone at this club and should always be ready.

“A few times I wasn’t very happy, but it’s just a decision the manager makes. Alex (Telles) took the field as a left-back and Fred did a good job, so I understand the frustration.

“Every player is happy to play. This needs to be built into the energy and some determination when you get up and then show it. It’s not just Donny, but all the players.”


Van de Beek has started two games for Manchester United in all competitions this season

Although Van de Beek was outraged by the decision to leave on the sidelines, Solskjaer insists that the midfielder should not let his disappointment negatively affect his teammates.

“If we want to be successful together, we know we need positive energy,” the Norwegian added.

“We can’t have jerks, but Donny has never negatively affected his teammates.

“As soon as I see the players having a negative impact on the team, it’s a different scenario, and I’ll probably be a little more determined.”

Van de Beek thought he would welcome Everton – visitors to Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday – on a summer loan, but said earlier this month he trusted Solskjaer and positive talks with United had ended the possibility of an early departure.

He has at least four years left on United’s contract and would love to regain his place in the Dutch national team before next year’s World Cup as he missed out on the monthly qualifiers against Latvia and Gibraltar.


Solskjaer wants his Manchester United players to build on Wednesday’s win over Villarreal in the Champions League

Ole: Let’s build on the victory of Villarreal

Solskjaer has called on Manchester United players to bring the momentum of Wednesday’s Champions League victory against Villarreal into Saturday’s clash with Everton.

United lost three of their four games Wednesday night, but won 2-1 from behind at Old Trafford, thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s stoppage time.

“The momentum and energy you get in the group after such a victory needs to be built,” Solskjaer said.

“It’s a very-very fast turnaround, Wednesday night and Saturday morning, but the players won’t get on it and we have to start the way we finished Wednesday night.”

Ronaldo’s late strike has been his fifth goal since returning to Old Trafford on the due date.

“He had a big impact on the track and beyond how professional he was,” Solskjaer said. “Of course there are goals – five goals in five matches says it all.

“He was still fit in his age. Of course we have to guide him, make sure he can keep in shape. He is a very good example for everyone in his preparation, in his behavior.

“It has had a very good impact so far and it has only been a month before it continues.”

Rashford fitness boots, Maguire is still out
On Friday, United received good news about the injuries as Marcus Rashford took part in a full workout for the first time since his shoulder surgery, but still needs time to improve his stamina.

“For the first time today, Marcus fully trained with contact,” Solskjaer said. “There were a few punches on it, but it seemed okay, it was good to see that.

“Luke (Shaw) feels better, he was sick, but he had a shoulder injury, so we have to decide.

“Harry (Maguire) is still out and Amad (Diallo) is out, but we didn’t lose anyone on Wednesday night.”

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