Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that summer signing Donny van de Beek is not happy with his lack of playing time at the club.
Van de Beek who was signed from Ajax last summer, was tipped to play a major role at Old Trafford. But has been struggling for regular playing time in his first season at England.
The 23-year-old has made 21 appearances this season but has played just 10 times in the Premier League – only two of which have been starts.
United top the Premier League table with the likes of Fred, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes playing a major role in central midfield.
This means Van de Beek is the odd man out, and his manager has admitted that lack of playing time hasn’t gone down well.
“I wouldn’t say that Donny is happy,” Solskjaer said. “Of course, he wants to play more, but he gets about his job in the right manner.
“We are doing well and have got players who are playing really well in his position.
“He reminds me a lot about myself, when I first came in, that he understands my difficulties and challenges,” the Norwegian continued.
“I was the same with Sir Alex [Ferguson, former Man Utd head coach]. When he left me out I understood and I was happy for the team to win – and Donny is that type of guy.
“He knows he is important for us and knows he is going to play many games.”
Ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup match against Liverpool, Solskjaer revealed that Van de Beek would feature and backed him to play a key role against the Reds.
“He will definitely be involved in this game against Liverpool and he might be the deciding factor in the game,” Solskjaer said.
“He trusts his own quality. He is a quietly confident guy who deep down knows he is good enough and is just waiting for his opportunity.”