Man United: Paul Ince slams Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for ‘taking the p***’ out of Donny Van de Beek

‘Ole’s taken the p*** out of him’: Paul Ince slams Solskjaer for his treatment of £40m signing Donny van de Beek, with the under-pressure Manchester United boss starving the Dutchman of game-time at Old Trafford

  • Donny Van de Beek joined Manchester United  from Ajax just 15 months ago
  • But the Dutchman has seen just 64 minutes of action so far this season 
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hasn’t started Van de Beek in the Premier League this term
  • Paul Ince has now slammed the United boss for ‘taking the p***’ of the midfielder 

Paul Ince has accused Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of ‘taking the p***’ out of Donny Van de Beek at Manchester United. 

The midfielder has been starved of action since joining the Red Devils just 15 months ago, with Solskjaer preferring his ‘McFred’ partnership in midfield. 

The Dutchman has played just 64 minutes for United across all competitions and has started just two games this season – in the Carabao Cup exit to West Ham and the Champions League defeat to Young Boys when he was replaced at half-time – as his career continues to stagnate.

Donny Van de Beek (right) has played just 64 minutes under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this term

Van de Beek (top) sits on the United bench last season - he started just four league fixtures

Van de Beek (top) sits on the United bench last season – he started just four league fixtures 

The Norwegian manager brought Van de Beek off the bench in the Manchester derby on Saturday for a late 10-minute cameo.

The 24-year-old also saw a mere six minutes against Newcastle earlier in the season and just four during United’s last-gasp draw against Atalanta in the Champions League last week.

Now former United hardman Ince has slammed Solskjaer for refusing to play Van de Beek and accused him of ‘taking the p***’.

‘Donny Van de Beek gets four minutes against Atalanta. What worries me is the choices Ole makes,’ Ince told the United Stand podcast.

‘This is a player who Ole said, “come to Old Trafford, you’re going to start in my team, you’ll cost £40 million, you’re going to be the centre hub of the midfield”.

‘This is what he said and Donny thought, “f*** me, this is my dream, this is what I’ve been waiting for”.

The Dutchman came on for the Red Devils against Man City but saw just 10 minutes of action

The Dutchman came on for the Red Devils against Man City but saw just 10 minutes of action

‘Two years down the line he’s on the bench. Ole’s actually taken the p*** out of him.

‘Not only has he taken the p*** out of him, he gives him four minutes against Atalanta and then goes, “oh by the way, here’s your chance, go and have 10 minutes against Manchester City where we’ve not touched the ball for 85 minutes and show me what you can do”.

‘If I’m Donny van de Beek I would’ve said, “f*** that, I’m not going on now, you want me to go on for 10 minutes when we haven’t touched the ball for 88 minutes?”. Now you’re taking the p*** out of him even more.

‘It’s decisions like that baffle me, they really do. I don’t understand.

‘He stopped Jesse Lingard from going to West Ham because he said he’ll be part of his team. You’re 2-0 down and you don’t bring him on.

‘You see the situation with Pogba now, he’s starting to get sent off all the time, all that is starting to flare up again. He’ll be gone by the end of the season.’

In September, Van de Beek was caught on camera angrily throwing his chewing gum to the floor and being consoled by teammates after he was left on the bench for the final minutes of United’s Champions League win over Villarreal at Old Trafford.

The 24-year-old almost joined Everton on deadline day but the move was blocked by Solskjaer. 

But, after switching agent, he is expected to push for a move in the January transfer window.