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01st Oct 2021

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tells Van de Beek he has no time for sulking

Callum Boyle

‘We can’t have energy sappers or sulkers’

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned midfielder Donny van de Beek that while he understands the Dutchman’s frustrations about a lack of game time, he has no time for ‘energy sappers or sulkers.’

Van de Beek has endured a torrid time at Old Trafford since his move from Ajax last summer, with a lack of minutes on the pitch a major factor in his unhappiness at the club. So far, the 24-year-old has only started two games this season and is expected to push for at least a loan move away in the January transfer window.

In United’s Champions League win against Villarreal on Wednesday, Van de Beek looked angry with Solskjaer after he was left on the bench and was seen on camera throwing his chewing gum and his bib to the floor, whilst being consoled by teammates Dean Henderson and Eric Bailly.

Solskjaer admitted that whilst he can sympathise with Van de Beek’s emotions, he also wants him to channel it in a positive way and to not lose his cool.

“I manage a squad full of international footballers, competitive footballers, who want to make a difference, to play,’ said the Norwegian.

“I understand the frustration, every player is keen to play, that has to built into energy and determination for when you come on. Then show me. That is not just Donny, all the players.”

“I have a squad of internationals and if we’re going to be successful together we need positive energy. We can’t have energy sappers or sulkers.”

The United boss went on to say that so far Van de Beek has remained professional, but said that should he or anybody else show signs that they are being disruptive, then action will have to be taken.

He said: “Donny has never ever affected his team negatively. Just so that is said.

“But as soon as I see players affecting the team negatively that is a different scenario. Then I will probably be a little bit firmer.”

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