Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sarcastic comments on Donny van de Beek after Atalanta

Donny van de Beek needs 'more play time at United' says pundit

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about Donny van de Beek by Dutch media after the club’s 3-2 win over Atalanta. And the Norwegian produced a sarcastic response, with the midfielder again an unused substitute. The Netherlands international is toiling by the game at Old Trafford and didn’t join in the jubilant celebrations after Cristiano Ronaldo’s winner.

It was a night where United showed they were behind Solskjaer, despite their patchy form across all competitions so far.

The Red Devils had looked destined to lose, with Mario Palasic and Merih Demiral both on target for the visitors.

But United rallied through goals from Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Ronaldo to claim all three European points.

With Solskjaer’s side losing, the 48-year-old changed things by throwing on the likes of Edinson Cavani, Jadon Sancho and Nemanja Matic.

But Van de Beek, once again, failed to make it onto the pitch.

After the game, Solskjaer spoke to Dutch broadcaster RTL7 and briefly referred to the 24-year-old’s recent chewing gum incident.

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Van de Beek, against Villarreal in the club’s last Champions League match, threw his gum towards the touchline in anger.

And Solskjaer said: “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.”

And he then added: “When you see our team, you know we have good players.

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“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.

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“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.”

United were recently urged to sell Van de Beek, amid interest from Everton, with Gary Neville expressing a belief Solskjaer ‘didn’t fancy him’.

“Why’s Donny van de Beek not being given a chance?” questioned Neville.

“There’s something about that. He’s not been given a chance for 18 months so you’ve got to come to the conclusion that Ole didn’t sign him or he doesn’t fancy him.

“Neither is good for Donny van de Beek so I think he needs to go and play football somewhere.”

Meanwhile, Solskjaer paid tribute to United’s supporters after masterminding the victory over Atalanta.

“Tonight was an attacking game from start to finish,” said the 48-year-old, whose side won for the first time since September 29.

“I thought it was two teams who were offensive minded and wanted to go attacking.

“Maybe we wanted to finish the attacks too quickly and maybe gave the ball away too easily trying to risk a pass.

“But that’s in our DNA.

“We’ve got players running and players with the quality of playing the last pass.

“Then we’re 2-0 down from two chances. It is difficult and I almost didn’t understand how that happened.

“Bang, bang, we’re 2-0 down but we kept believing and that’s the key.”

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