Netherlands legend Danny Blind told national TV channel Ziggo Sport that he cannot understand Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to exclude Donny van de Beek for Manchester United.
The Ajax academy graduate joined the Red Devils during the summer but has hardly featured this season.
It has raised questions from the media and Solskjaer opted to start an ageing Juan Mata over him in United’s last two league fixtures — against Newcastle and Chelsea.
Although I still feel it’s very early days and people are getting agitated very quickly when it doesn’t involve them.
That, in fact, applies to Blind, who said (via Manchester Evening News): “What was he [Van de Beek] signed for? I listened to Solskjaer’s press conference and he had nothing but praise for Donny. Yet he did not even give him a brief cameo. He bought him to beef up the squad. Why not use that squad depth?”
I don’t think he raises any unfair questions but everybody seems to be piling on Solskjaer, who I want to make the right decisions and not feel pushed into them.
We shall not forget Solskjaer went out of his way to reassure Van de Beek that his time will come at United. Sky Sports duo Gary Neville and Patrice Evra questioned the manager’s decision to sign the Dutchman while they were on punditry and co-commentary duties respectively for the Chelsea game.
“Don’t worry about that,” Solskjaer said (via MEN). “He’ll get his games. Don’t worry about that.
“It’s easy to say who should be playing and more difficult to say who shouldn’t.”
Hopefully Solskjaer finds the right midfield mix soon and I have a feeling it should regularly consist of Van de Beek!