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Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince has accused Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of “blatantly lying” to out of favour playmaker Donny van de Beek. There was significant speculation linking Van de Beek with a move away from Old Trafford in the summer, however Solskjaer said the Dutchman was in his plans.
In spite of the reassurances from the United manager, the former Ajax star’s six minute cameo from the bench in the 4-1 home victory against Newcastle United in September is his only Premier League appearance of the season.
The lack of game-time also appears to be playing on the mind of the Dutchman.
Footage of the 24-year-old being visibly upset and angry after Solskjaer chose to substitute Nemanja Matic onto the pitch instead of him during United’s 2-1 home victory against Villarreal in the Champions League emerged onto social media.
And former Red Devil Paul Ince believes Van de Beek has every right to be aggrieved, as he feels Solskjaer may have lied to him about the opportunities he can expect.
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“As a manager you have two choices – you can either tell the truth or not tell the truth,” Ince said to the Kelly and Wrighty Show.
F”rom what I’m seeing for the last year and a half, he’s not told Donny the truth, he hasn’t had any game time. He’s got £35 million sitting on the bench.
“He’s (Donny van de Beek) been professional, he’s done everything by the book. Ole’s come out saying he’s in my plans, obviously he’s just blatantly lying, he has to move in January for the good of his career.”
Van de Beek was signed by Solskjaer for £35million in the summer of 2020.
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While he enjoyed a fantastic season with Ajax, contributing ten goals and 11 assists in all competitions, the transfer raised eyebrows as there seemed to be no obvious place in the starting eleven for him.
The Dutchman was deployed as a more advanced, attacking midfielder by Erik Ten Hag during his days at Ajax.
However, with the likes of Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, and Jesse Lingard currently occupying those areas at United, van de Beek has mainly been deployed as one of the holding midfielders.
Even though this position is not natural to him, Ince still feels he is a better option than current defensive midfield options Scott McTominay and Fred.
“If I’m going to buy a player, a top player from Ajax, the first thing I’m going to say is, ‘Am I going to play?
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“Where do you see me fitting in, within the system, within the team,” said the former England captain.
“I can hold my hands up if I’m on the bench and the team are winning and playing well.
“You can’t tell me that Fred and [Scott] McTominay are playing well week in and week out, and even [Paul] Pogba because they’re not.
“But he seems to play them all the time, and I’m sitting there watching them play, I would be livid.”
Solskjaer’s side face a difficult trip away to Leicester City after the international break, before travelling to Italy to face Atalanta in the Champions League.
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