Donny van de Beek snubbed as Man Utd formation change all but confirms transfer decision

Donny van de Beek was snubbed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer once again as he was left out of Manchester United‘s starting XI against Watford.

The midfielder was left on the bench for their trip to Vicarage Road despite the Norwegian reverting to his traditional 4-2-3-1.

Solskjaer heaped praise on the Dutchman midweek, hinting that he could finally start his first Premier League game of the season.

But the Old Trafford boss opted against starting the playmaker suggesting that the 24-year-old’s time at the club is coming to an end.

Van de Beek has been frozen out of United’s squad this term and reports claimed if he didn’t get more game time from now until the upcoming window opens, he would look to go down the route of a winter exit.

Donny van de Beek was given just 10 minutes off the bench against Man City
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Solskjaer and his coaching staff were said to have been impressed by the midfielder in training this week and were considering giving the 24-year-old a rare start.

The Old Trafford boss then added more fuel to the fire as he hailed Van de Beek’s professionalism at his pre-match press conference.

He said: “I think our fans can see a top professional and a very good player — [he] has never ever let himself or his team or his family down by his attitude. His approach to the game and training is spot on and I can’t fault him and he knows that.”

“I keep in contact and I speak to him [Van de Beek] and communicate with him because it’s not easy when players are not playing as much as they think they should do and Donny thinks he should be playing more and he will be involved.

“I can’t say anything other than that he’s another example of what to do when you’re not in the team and he’ll reap his rewards.”

Donny van de Beek before the match against Tottenham
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Solskjaer has changed his formation against Watford to a 4-2-3-1 which theoretically accommodates an extra space in midfield for Van de Beek, compared to the five at the back that United deployed against Manchester City last time out.

But there was still enough room for the former Ajax man as his time at Man United continues to be a frustrating one.

Man United XI vs Watford: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, Matic, McTominay, Fernandes, Sancho, Rashford, Ronaldo.

Bench: Heaton, Telles, Bailly, Dalot, Fred, Lingard, Mata, Van de Beek, Martial.

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