Several Manchester United players feel ‘misled’ by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the Red Devils boss gave them assurances in the summer.
The Norwegian reportedly accepted in meetings over the summer that he had ‘overplayed’ certain players last season and promised lesser used stars, including Donny van de Beek, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Dean Henderson, Eric Bailly, Diogo Dalot, Juan Mata and Alex Telles, that they would be more involved going forward.
The report claims that his assurances were enough, in some cases, for players to reconsider leaving the club and fight for their places, only to find themselves on the bench or out of the squad once again.
Van de Beek is perhaps chief among the underused and angry having featured for just 16 minutes in the Premier League this season.
Jesse Lingard has scored two league goals but his only start has come in the Carabao Cup, also the only game Juan Mata has started.
The fringe players are said to be particularly frustrated at the fact that the side’s poor run of results still haven’t been enough to see them given a chance.
Van de Beek is reportedly looking to leave the club in January, while Lingard has refused to sign a new deal with the club due to his determination to play regular football and land a spot in the World Cup squad.
Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – under huge pressure after a rotten run of results – has been told he has “exposed” defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka by playing three at the back.
Danny Mills told Football Insider: “He’s always been a decent defender one-on-one, but he’s never been massively comfortable on the ball.
“It puts him in a position where you have to be better on the ball than defending one-on-one.
“You’ve put him in a position to expose his weakness rather than to exploit his strengths.
“That’s not particularly good management. You’re asking a player to do what he’s not very good at.”
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