Manchester United stars have reportedly picked a side when it comes to the issue of Donny van de Beek’s game time, with the Dutchman once again used sparingly against Manchester City.
Fans at Old Trafford also voiced their opinion at manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by chanting the midfielder’s name from the stands.
Van de Beek was given the final 10 minutes to impress on Saturday, by which time City were away and clear.
A first-half finish from Bernardo Silva added to an early Eric Bailly own goal to put the Sky Blues in control by half time, and they never looked like relinquishing it during the second half.
Another damaging home defeat, just two weeks after a 5-0 massacre against Liverpool, puts Solskjaer under yet more pressure as we head into the international break.
Questions are reportedly being asked by internal sources too, with the dressing room once again taking issue with the treatment of Van de Beek.
According to The Daily Mail, players are frustrated that he is not being given the chances to turn United’s fortunes around.
Setting the club back £40million over a year ago, the midfielder has been broadly overlooked by Solskjaer with even cameos off the bench a rarity these days.
United fans therefore responded to the sight of him warming up during the second half, with chants of ‘Donny van de Beek’ echoing around Old Trafford.
The 24-year-old showed a few nice touches, but in truth it was too little too late for the Red Devils who were being passed off the park by Pep Guardiola’s side.
The development only adds to reported frustration which had built up surrounding the game time of Nemanja Matic and Jesse Lingard in recent weeks.
With United in need of a fresh injection to find a winning recipe, those waiting on the bench are being left frustrated that only a trusted few are being given the opportunity to play, despite a series of poor performances.
According to reports, Solskjaer is likely to be given the chance to remedy his relationship with United’s peripheral figures by staying in charge for their next league outing.
Despite cutting a positive and optimistic figure for much of his tenure, however, the Norwegian seemingly knows that things need to improve if he is to have a future in Manchester.
“I think it might be [good timing for the international break],” said Solskjaer after Man City’s win.
“Today, of course, is a couple of steps back again after a few steps forward last week [against Tottenham].
“We need to have everyone back, fresh in their minds, ready to go and we need to look more like when we started to look like before the Liverpool game.
“That performance against Liverpool dented us big time. Last week looked like we might get through this, today was a massive test but we weren’t at the standard that we know we can be.”