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Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has responded to Donny van de Beek’s frustration at not coming on in their Champions League win over Villarreal.
The Norwegian decided to send on Fred and Jesse Lingard over Van de Beek for United’s final substitutions and the Dutchman threw down his training bib after warming up and was consoled by teammates Eric Bailly and Dean Henderson.
Speaking in his Everton’s pre-match press conference, Solskjaer said:
“You know, I manage a squad full of international footballers, competitive footballers who want to make a difference, who want to play. They all want to be on the pitch, of course they do.
“Donny was ready to come on, as all players should be. I’ve been a sub more than anyone in this club probably – I must have a record appearance as a sub – and you have to be ready all the time. I’ve been not very happy a few times but that is the decision the manager makes.
“Alex was coming off as a left-back and Fred did that job well. So I understand the frustration, of course, every player is keen to play, that’s got to be built into energy and some determination for when you get on and then show me.
“It’s not just Donny, it’s all of the players. I’ve got a squad of internationals and if we’re going to be successful together we know we need positive energy, we can’t have energy-sappers or sulkers.
“But Donny has never affected his teammates negatively, just so that’s said. As soon as I see players affecting the team negatively then that’s a different scenario and I’ll probably be firmer.”
Source – MEN