Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince has accused Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of ‘taking the piss’ out of Donny van de Beek.
The Dutchman moved to Old Trafford last year for a fee thought to be worth around £40m, but he has struggled to make his mark in the first team on a consistent basis so far.
Solskjaer has handed Van de Beek just four Premier League starts since his arrival, while he has played just 15 minutes of top-flight action so far this season.
The 24-year-old’s introduction against Manchester City was greeted with large cheers from the Man United fans inside Old Trafford, while his teammates are understood to be bemused by Solskjaer’s continued snubbing of the Netherlands international.
Ince has joined the voices questioning Van de Beek’s lack of action, claiming that Solskjaer has ruined the midfielder’s dream move.
“Donny van de Beek gets four minutes against Atalanta. What worries me is the choices Ole makes. This is a player who Ole said, ‘come to Old Trafford, you’re going to start in my team, you’ll cost £40m, you’re going to be the centre hub of the midfield’,” Ince told the United Stand podcast.
“This is what he said and Donny thought, ‘f*** me, this is my dream, this is what I’ve been waiting for’. Two years down the line he’s on the bench. Ole’s actually taken the piss out of him.
“Not only has he taken the piss out of him, he gives him four minutes against Atalanta and then goes, ‘oh by the way, here’s your chance, go and have 10 minutes against Manchester City where we’ve not touched the ball for 85 minutes and show me what you can do’.
“If I’m Donny van de Beek I would’ve said, ‘f*** that, I’m not going on now, you want me to go on for 10 minutes when we haven’t touched the ball for 88 minutes?’ Now you’re taking the piss out of him even more. It’s decisions like that baffle me, they really do. I don’t understand.”
Van de Beek has been left out of the Netherlands squad for the current international break due to his lack of action at Old Trafford.