Television footage showed that the former Ajax player threw his gum away when he was not allowed to enter the field, but two of his teammates.
“I understand the frustration,” the Norwegian coach said on Friday. “Donnie was ready to be there as all players should be. There was probably no one in this club who had more substitutions and substitutes. I wasn’t happy a few times at the time, but these are the coach’s decisions.”
Solskjaer has not addressed van de Beek about his behaviour, as he has acted perfectly thus far. “Donnie did not affect his teammates negatively,” said the former striker, who gave a kind of warning. “If we want to be successful together, we know we need positive energy. We can’t have complainers. Once I see players negatively affecting the team, it’s a different story. Then my reaction will probably be more assertive.”
Due to his backup role at Manchester United, Van de Beek also disappeared from the Dutch national team. The 24-year-old midfielder will not be in the squad for the next two World Cup qualifiers against Latvia and Gibraltar.
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