Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer accepts Donny van de Beek gripe: ‘I’ve been sub more than anyone’

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he understands Donny van de Beek’s complaints at a lack of playing time, having spent plenty of his own Manchester United career on the bench.

However, he warned the Dutch international that he must channel his frustrations in the right way to make an impact and avoid affecting team harmony.

Van de Beek has started just two of United’s nine matches in all competitions so far this season and was an unused substitute in Wednesday night’s Champions League victory over Villarreal.

“I’ve been a sub more than anyone at this club probably and you have to be ready all the time,” Solskjaer said. “I’ve been unhappy a few times. I understand the frustration. Every player is keen to play, that’s got to be built into energy and determination for when you get on and show me.

“It’s not just Donny, it’s all players. I’ve got a squad of internationals and if we’re going to be successful we need positive energy, no sulkers.

“Donny has never affected his team-mates negatively. As soon as I see players affecting the team negatively then that’s a different scenario and I’ll probably be firmer.”

Meanwhile, the United boss had bemoaned the Premier League scheduling that sees side face Everton in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off, claiming it lacks common sense.

United were in action in the Champions League on Wednesday night, when Cristiano Ronaldo’s 95th-minute winner saw them come from behind to beat Villarreal and pick up a vital three points.

Having lost three of four games going into the fixture, United might have wanted to bottle that feeling at full-time and move quickly on to the next one. Just not, Solskjaer said, quite as quickly as this.

“The boost and energy you get in the group after a win like this has to be built on,” he said.

“It’s a very, very quick turnaround, Wednesday night and Saturday morning, but the players are not going to get caught out by it and we need to start as we finished on Wednesday night.”

Solskjaer’s frustrations are nothing new. United faced an even more difficult situation against Everton last season when they played away in Turkey in the Champions League on the Wednesday night, losing 2-1 to Basaksehir, but flying home and winning 3-1 at Goodison Park in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off.

“We had no explanation, but it’s TV of course,” Solskjaer said. “There’s no common sense at all. We had the same scenario last season when we were in Turkey and came back and played.

“We had that joy last year and we have to make it happen. The crowd are going to have to help us.

“Us and Chelsea both played on Wednesday and could have easily played on Sunday while City-Liverpool could have been on Saturday.

“Common sense might not be so common.”

Though Harry Maguire will miss the Everton clash and perhaps Luke Shaw too, United got good news on the injury front on Friday as Marcus Rashford took part in full training for the first time since his shoulder surgery, though he still needs time to build up fitness.

“Marcus trained fully for the first time today with contact,” Solskjaer said.

“There were a few tackles flying in on him but he seemed OK, which was nice to see.”

Additional reporting by PA.

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