Paul Ince accuses Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of lying to Donny van de Beek over playing time

The Dutch midfielder is yet to start a Premier League game this season (Picture: Getty)

Paul Ince believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lied to Donny van de Beek about his role within the Manchester United squad. 

Van de Beek arrived from Dutch giants Ajax for a fee in the region of £35million last year but has failed to nail down a spot in the Norwegian’s starting XI, with Fred and Scott McTominay favoured on the majority of occasions. 

The 24-year-old has played just six minutes of Premier League football so far this season, after starting just four top-flight matches across the whole of the 2020/21 campaign.

The former Ajax midfielder was linked with a potential transfer to fellow Premier League side Everton in the summer, but that move never materialised due to United’s desire to keep the player in their squad. 

Now Ince has claimed that Solskjaer, who has said on numerous occasions that van de Beek remains part of his plans at Old Trafford, has never told the full truth to the Dutchman about his playing time.

The former United star told the Kelly and Wrighty show: ‘If I’m going to buy a player, a top player from Ajax, the first thing I’m going to say is, “Am I going to play? Where do you see me fitting in, within the system, within the team?”

Van de Beek has played just six minutes of Premier League football so far this season (Picture: Getty)

‘As a manager you have two choices – you can either tell the truth or not tell the truth. From what I’m seeing for the last year and a half, he’s not told Donny the truth, he hasn’t had any game time. He’s got £35m sitting on the bench.

‘I can hold my hands up if I’m on the bench and the team are winning and playing well. You can’t tell me that Fred and McTominay are playing well week in and week out, and even [Paul] Pogba because they’re not. 

‘But he seems to play them all the time, and I’m sitting there watching them play, I would be livid.

‘He’s been professional, he’s done everything by the book. Ole’s come out saying he’s in my plans, obviously he’s just blatantly lying, he has to move in January for the good of his career.’

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