If you want to know what kind of state of mind Donny van de Beek is in, take a look at 84th Minutes of Manchester United’s win over Villarreal.
Scores are levels. United desperately need a win to rise up and race to the Champions League group stage after losing to the Young Boys in their opener.
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to his bench for inspiration.
It’s hardly a surprise that he sees Van de Beek staring back. The Dutch midfielder has been on the bench in seven of United’s nine matches in all competitions this season.
He has only appeared three times. Five minutes into the end of Newcastle’s 4-1 win at home. For 45 minutes against the Young Boys before hooking up at half time.
His only 90-minute run out was against West Ham in the Carabao Cup. 1-0 defeat.
But maybe this time something will be different. Maybe it was his chance to win back with Ole, play a part in a late winner and finally start his Old Trafford career.
think again. Ole opts for Jesse Lingard and Fred, the latter a damning indictment of Ole’s faith in and Van de Beek – notably Fred was brought to the left for Alex Telles.
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Ironically, it was Fred who did the 95 . I was crucifiedth Minute towards Cristiano Ronaldo, and it was Lingard who teased the Portuguese superstar for a dramatic winner.
Van de Beek may not have remotely noticed the funny side of that particular passage of play.
Since his £40 million move from Ajax last summer, the 24-year-old has done well to keep his frustrations and emotions under control, not wanting to throw his toys out of the pram.
But on this occasion his anger overpowered him.
As Fred and Lingard prepare to come up with instructions for Ole to bark, Van de Beek can be seen in the background in the front row of the sub bench.
Fumigation. piercing eyes.
Eric Bailey, sitting to the left of his teammate, tries his best to console with a pat on the chest, while Dean Henderson follows up with a pat on the back.
But it doesn’t work. In a clear sign that he has given up on making it to Man United, he takes his chewing gum out of his mouth and angrily throws it on the floor of the dug-out.
Whether Ole sees this clip and decides to have a word is anyone’s guess, not that Van de Beek will take any notice.
The last time he spoke in depth was at the beginning of the season. Ole tells van de Beek that he wishes he had stayed to fight for his spot. He made her feel wanted for once.
But since then, with Everton arriving late in the transfer window, that interest has vanished as van de Beek continues to rot and see his reputation shattered.
Earlier this month, van de Beek spoke to Rio Ferdinand about his future on his YouTube channel, and admitted he didn’t expect Ole to guarantee a place.
But he also added: “I’ve asked to play more. You can work hard every day, but in the end, you need time for sports.
“If you only play once a month, you can’t show your best form – playing is really important.”
At this rate, he will be lucky if he gets the chance to play once a month, and Wednesday night will only confirm his thoughts that he needs to get out of Old Trafford.
Whether it was Ajax, where he was really loved and loved, for a top team in Europe that is ready to give him a chance, or even a team in the Premier League where he Can play weekly.
To save his mental well being. To save his confidence. To save your career.
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