Manchester United fans have been left fuming and jaw-dropped after manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opted to still not start Donny van de Beek against Watford this weekend.
Since he arrived from Ajax for £35million in 2020, the Dutchman hasn’t been given the opportunities to impress in the Premier League.
Van de Beek has played just 17 minutes of league football so far this season and Red Devils fans have made it clear that they are unhappy at the player's current situation.
With United in freefall down the league table, many thought Solskjaer may have a change of heart and start Van de Beek against Watford amid his midfield issues, but they were wrong.
Despite Fred only just returning from international duty in time for the game and Paul Pogba still serving a suspension, Solskjaer has started Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay in midfield rather than Van de Beek.
The decision has, understandably, caused uproar considering it was revealed that the midfield maestro will push for an exit in January if he doesn’t begin to feature more regularly.
One fan attempted to start a trend on Twitter by writing: “#FreeDonny”.
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Whilst others were simply dumbfounded, another supporter wrote: “I thought Van de Beek might play, silly me.”
“What does Van de Beek have to do for a start?” asked another fan, bamboozled by how Matic was preferred to the Netherlands international.
Many thought that Solskjaer’s pre-match press conference on Friday suggested that the Norwegian was hinting at a start for Van de Beek against The Hornets.
He said: “Out fans can see a top professional and a very good player.
“Donny is one that has never let himself or team or family down by his attitude. His approach to the game and training is spot on. I can’t fault him and he knows that.”
It was revealed earlier this month that the 24-year-old had decided that if things at the Theatre of Dreams don’t drastically change any time soon.
Van de Beek was set to make a loan move to Everton ahead of the start of the campaign but the deal was blocked by Solskjaer as he wanted the player to remain in his squad and told the ex-Ajax man that he had a big role to play this season.
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