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Is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘fooling’ Donny van de Beek? As exit is backed

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been accused by a journalist working in the Netherlands of fooling Donny van de Beek who has struggled for playing time at Old Trafford.

Donny van de Beek has not had enough playing time since his arrival from Ajax but there have been sweet words from manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he’ll come well behind the scenes.

United signed Van de Beek in the summer after being priced out of a deal for Jack Grealish and he is not favoured ahead of Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba, making football time difficult to come by.

Journalist Süleyman Öztürk, writing for Dutch publication Voetbal International, has urged Van de Beek to leave the club and slammed Solskjaer for his handling of the player.

“You cannot ignore the fact that Van de Beek has ended up in an awful situation,” he said.

“He’ll never reach the numbers or the status of Bruno Fernandes when asked to act like the player in his absence. The Portuguese likes to go to the ball, whereas Van de Beek moves away from it.

“Solskjaer tries to keep him sharp and motivated by saying that he must be patient. But the reality is his competitor (Fernandes) is so dominant that Solskjaer cannot call upon Van de Beek.

“He is currently being fooled by his coach. My advice: try to get away as soon as possible if you don’t want to be kept on a leash for too long.”

He noted that Van de Beek was flat against Liverpool but Fernandes praised him after the game.

“Donny did a great game, playing in the position I play,” he said.

“Watching him I think he moves really good, in the first half he had a little bit more of the ball. He played really well and it’s important for us.

“Everyone wants to play and If I was in the position of Donny I would not be happy at all, but the most important is doing what he does today, coming in and doing the best he can and helping the team.”

Meanwhile, United legend Edwin van der Sar, who managed Van de Beek’s affairs while the midfielder was at Ajax, believes his compatriot will come good at Old Trafford.

“I do talk to a lot of people at the club [Manchester United],” Van der Sar told Dutch broadcaster Ziggo Sport.

“Fantastic attitude, he does well in training. It [sealing a spot in the Manchester United midfield] is difficult. [Paul] Pogba is coming back, [Bruno] Fernandes is very important, [Nemanja] Matic and [Scott] McTominay, are also there.

“It’s no shame at all, it’s also a big club, isn’t it? Of course, it’s a large amount [Van de Beek’s transfer fee], but they are confident that he will get there.”

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What Roy Keane said to Dean Henderson revealed

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The Red Devils legend Roy Keane has spoken of the dangers for goalkeeper Dean Henderson if he continues to stay with Man United without regular playing time.

Roy Keane argues that a promising goalkeeper like the England international needs to be seen regularly in games and that might not be given to him at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils legend is not the first to make such a claim, as England national team manager Gareth Southgate already gave his advice by stating that Dean Henderson must secure regular playing time at his club before he can stand the chance of playing for the country.

Dean Henderson had made attempts to leave Manchester United but the club’s chiefs are not ready to lose a player with such top quality and ended up securing a new and improved deal for him to remain at the club.

The 23-year-old will only have the opportunity of stepping in between the sticks if David de Gea picks up an injury as the Spanish goalkeeper has been established as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s number one.

According to Roy Keane, a player who starred in two loan spells at Sheffield United deserves better than a second choice goalkeeper at the Old Trafford as he laments that there are no chances he would be leaving anytime soon after signing a new deal at the club.

Keane said “It’s a nightmare scenario for him. He wants to play for Man United, of course, he does. Being in goal for Sheffield United and Man United every week is completely different, but he had to go back. Ole wanted to see him and work with him closely. You want to get better by playing the games, you can do all the training sessions you want, but if you’re not playing every week, the kid’s going to go backwards – and that’s going to cost him, ultimately.

“For example, if [Jordan] Pickford has a difficult spell – which he always seems to be, in my eyes – then it’s probably difficult for Gareth [Southgate] to go and pick a goalkeeper who’s not playing regularly.

“It’s a difficult situation for Henderson. Come January, do United really want to let him go out on loan. I don’t think so, because then they need cover for De Gea in case something happens to him.”

Meanwhile, Dean Henderson will remain a major part of the England national team as his reputation speaks well for him.

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Manchester United planning move for 23-year-old attacking midfielder

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Manchester United are long-term suitors of Bournemouth versatile midfielder David Brooks and they are already planning to bring him to Old Trafford to beat other interested clubs.

The Red Devils might be planning for the departure of France international Paul Pogba with this move as the World Cup winner is obviously unhappy.

The former Juventus midfielder has also fueled speculations of his move away from Old Trafford on several occasions, alongside his representatives with Real Madrid and Juventus considering the option of cashing in on him.

Man United have succeeded in extending the contract of the France international to the summer of 2021 but that does not mean he would not leave the club if he desires and the right offer is tabled.

The 23-year-old is no doubt an interesting talent that could fill the gap and also prove to be a future of the club knowing that he is very much younger.

David Brooks was out of action in most of the games last season due to injury as he had just nine games which can be traced t why the Cherries suffered relegation to the Championship.

Missing out of action in most games last season does not rule out David Brooks as a great player and that has not reduced the interest in him by several Premier League clubs.

Liverpool are also believed to be interested in the signature of David Brooks, alongside Everton and Leicester City with his return to the top flight being discussed.

His quality was hailed and confirmed by Man United legend Ryan Giggs who claims the 23-year-old has all it takes to play at the biggest stage.

“He wasn’t available for the first game, but it was great for him to join up later in the week and start the second game,” said Giggs. “He’s a very talented player. He ended the season playing a lot of games, but it’s a long time out.

“I’ve seen there’s speculation about a lot of players. Brooksy’s obviously a talented player and now Bournemouth are in the Championship. I’ve always said it’s better if the lads are playing, and the higher the standard the better as well. But that isn’t always a given.” He added.

David Brooks could be the latest Bournemouth star to part ways with the club as long as the right offer is submitted with Man United keen to land him in the summer transfer window.

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Solskjaer given transfer orders

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Man United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has reportedly given an order to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to offload a trio of players if he must land a new central defender.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been keen on a central defender to partner Harry Maguire after he failed to invest in that area in the last summer transfer window. Now they have reportedly set their eyes on Jules Kounde from Spanish La Liga outfit Sevilla.

The Red Devils have been told that Jules Kounde will cost them a £60 m fee which means they will have to cash in from the sale of some players before anything positive can happen.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has, therefore, been instructed by Ed Woodward to do away with three out-of-favour players at Old Trafford.

The club outcast, Sergio Romero tops the list alongside Phil Jones. There are assurances that the first duo could leave before the end of the transfer deadline.

Jules Kounde is also on the radar of other clubs like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus which means Man United must do more to be able to land him.

Sergio Romero has already told the club he wants to leave after going down the pecking order.

He was stopped from a move to Everton in the summer and his wife blasted the club for that “Sergio Romero worked hard for his club.

The last trophy they won, they lifted it with him. He helped the team [reach] 4 finals/semifinals, and then he was left on the bench only to lose them all. It is time to return the opportunity and let him go. RESPECT FOR ONCE.” She wrote on her social media page.

“He said to me: ‘Look, now the season is over and everyone has a few days off. Then we go to play the Europa League… I’m not going to count on you because you haven’t trained for four months’.”

He added on his future plans: “My idea is also to try to stay at Estudiantes. I played a game, got injured and all of this happened.

“That is why I will see in September if the loan can be extended and continue for a few more months.”

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