Ole Gunnar Solskjaer played down Donny van de Beek’s angry reaction to Villarreal midweek.
The Mancunian coach returned to the anger of Donny van de Beek, who did not come into play in Manchester United’s Champions League win over Villarreal in midweek, while reaffirming he does not want any “sulky” in his team.
Video was shot showing Van de Beek storming back to the sidelines in the 2-1 win, throwing his training bib on the ground and throwing his gum in anger.
Solskjaer has made it clear that he has nothing to worry about with the midfielder, but that all players need to show professionalism and support for him and their teammates.
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In his press conference on Friday, Solskjaer said: “I manage a team full of international footballers, competitive footballers, who want to make a difference, to play, they all want to be on the pitch of course.
“Donny was ready to come in, as all players should be. I have been a substitute more often than anyone at this club, I have to have the record, and you have to be ready all the time. not been very happy a few times, but it’s just a decision the manager makes.
“Alex [Telles] was replaced at left-back and Fred did his job well. I understand the frustration every player wants to play, but it has to translate into energy and determination when you step in, show me. It’s not just Donny, but all of the players.
“I have a team of internationals and if we’re going to be successful together we need positive energy, we can’t have energy sappers or sulks. Donny has never affected his team in a negative way, that’s just to say it, but as soon as I see players affecting the team in a negative way it’s a different scenario. Then I’ll probably be a little firmer. “