Manchester United signing Donny van de Beek from Ajax in the summer shows Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is “not making the key footballing decisions” at Old Trafford, according to Graeme Souness.
Van de Beek is yet to start for United in the Premier League following his £35million move from Ajax, with Solskjaer leaving the Dutchman out again at home to Arsenal this evening.
His lack of action comes as a surprise given the Red Devils’ struggle for consistency this term, which has seen the likes of Paul Pogba, Fred and Scott McTominay rotated in midfield.
And Souness believes Van de Beek’s arrival is proof that Solskjaer doesn’t have a major say in United’s transfer business.
“I’m still not convinced that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is making the key football decisions at Manchester United,” he said in his column for The Times.
“I come to that conclusion on the basis of their recruitment in recent windows.
“I like Donny van de Beek, but United didn’t need another No10 this summer after the success of Bruno Fernandes in the second half of last season.
“That makes me wonder who is sitting round the table, saying, 'These are the priority positions'.
“Did Solskjaer have a say in Van de Beek coming to the club? If I’m the manager, I’d be saying, 'Don’t take Van de Beek at the cost of not getting players for the other positions we need such as at centre-back'.
“I’m not sure how you get Fernandes and Van de Beek in the same team without making yourself vulnerable and Solskjaer hasn’t selected them together.”
Prior to this evening’s showdown with Arsenal, Van de Beek said: “Players always want to play games. Training is also nice, but the games… this is why you’re playing football.
“I think a lot of games [means] we can improve always and I am sure that we will win more if we stay in the focus.
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“Arsenal have showed that they have really good players, and I mean we need to be focused. We won yesterday [against RB Leipzig] and everybody’s happy and it’s good for the confidence and everything, but now we must go on to that game.
“A lot of big games are coming up now. A lot of games. We need to stay in the focus and then I’m sure that we make more nice wins.”
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