It’s that time when Paul Ince suddenly realises by saying something about Manchester United he can try become relevant again.
There is no denying that Donny van de Beek’s Manchester United career has been an absolute disaster. The Netherlands international seemed like a somewhat of an odd fit when the club signed him last year because he wasn’t the holding defensive-minded midfielder the team needed and still need.
Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba had already locked up the attacking midfield positions at the club and he knows by now that he won’t be squeezing in there anytime soon, unless he is patient enough to wait for the Frenchman to leave in the summer.
However, Van de Beek was linked with moves away from Old Trafford in the summer, only for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to reportedly promise him he would feature more this season. This has not proven to be the case, with the former Ajax academy graduate starting two games in all competitions. One of those was in the Carabao Cup, while the other saw him subbed off at half-time in the Champions League defeat to Young Boys.
Ince has took aim at Solskjaer over the issue for ‘blatantly lying’ to Van de Beek, having a huge negative effect on his career in the process since he’s no longer getting into the Netherlands side.
“If I’m going to buy a player, a top player from Ajax, the first thing I’m going to say is, ‘Am I going to play? Where do you see me fitting in, within the system, within the team?’,” Ince told the Kelly and Wrighty Show.
“As a manager you have two choices – you can either tell the truth or not tell the truth.
“From what I’m seeing for the last year and a half, he’s not told Donny the truth, he hasn’t had any game time. He’s got £35million sitting on the bench.
“I can hold my hands up if I’m on the bench and the team are winning and playing well.
“You can’t tell me that Fred and [Scott] McTominay are playing well week in and week out, and even [Paul] Pogba because they’re not…
“But he seems to play them all the time, and I’m sitting there watching them play, I would be livid…
“He’s been professional, he’s done everything by the book.
“Ole’s come out saying he’s in my plans, obviously he’s just blatantly lying, he has to move in January for the good of his career.”