Gary Neville has described Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s use of Donny van de Beek as a “mystery” after the Manchester United midfielder remained an unused substitute against Chelsea.
The Dutchman is yet to start a Premier League game this season but had appeared from the bench in every league outing so far this term.
With Solskjaer opting again for a midfield trio of Scott McTominay, Fred and Bruno Fernandes, Van de Beek was forced to watch from the sideline alongside Paul Pogba on the bench as United drew 0-0 with Chelsea at Old Trafford.
Pogba and Edinson Cavani were introduced into the game just before the hour mark, whilst Mason Greenwood was United’s third and final sub.
Having struggled for minutes since arriving in the summer for an initial £35million, there have been questions posed as to why he isn’t featuring more regularly, especially after United’s mixed start to the season.
When asked about Van de Beek after the match, Solskjaer said: “Don’t worry about that, he’ll get his games.
“It’s easy to say who should be playing and more difficult to say who shouldn’t.”
Sky Sports pundit Neville described Van de Beek’s lack of minutes as a “mystery” and claimed the new signing will be questioning why he joined the club.
“What is a little bit of a mystery is the use of van de Beek since being signed for £40m,” he said.
“He doesn’t seem to be at the forefront of Ole’s plans in every game. It’s a bit of a mystery, that one. The more he doesn’t start, the more he doesn’t come on, well, a £40m-player, ordinarily, you get him into the team.
“He must be thinking, ‘What am I doing here?’ at this moment in time.”