Donny van de Beek was once again left as an unused substitute in Manchester United’s embarassing 5-0 defeat to fierce rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.

The Dutchman has only played six minutes of Premier League football this season and even that was arguably given as a token gesture by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the 4-1 win against Newcastle.

The former Ajax man had to once again watch from the side-lines as his team was dismantled by Jurgen Klopp’s side.

But with no game time in over a month since his solitary start in the Carabao Cup defeat to West Ham, van de Beek continues to be overlooked.

Time for Donny van de Beek

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The 24-year-old has seen Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Fred and Scott McTominay all feature in the last three games, whilst he sits there wondering if and when his next chance to impress will ever come.

Following Pogba’s red card against Liverpool, the Frenchman will miss our next three Premier League games.

Solskjaer could and probably should ring the changes against Tottenham and that could mean van de Beek gets an unlikely chance to stake his claim.

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United’s number 34 has scored at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in a Champions League semi-final for Ajax.

However, it’s highly unlikely that Solskjaer will break away from the Fred and McTominay combination.

But our £35m (BBC Sport) man should be given a chance possibly alongside Matic, who he played in centre midfield with in the 4-0 pre-season win against Everton and in the Carabao Cup defeat to the Hammers.

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McTominay and Fred are Solskjaer’s trusted midfield generals, but every player’s place in the starting line-up barring David de Gea should be at risk following yesterday’s horror show.

The writing seems to be on the wall for van de Beek under Solskjaer, but if he doesn’t come into the Norwegian’s thinking whilst his teammates continue to produce underwhelming performances then that could be the final nail in his Manchester United coffin.

Van de Beek may not perform any better then what we are seeing currently, but he deserves a chance to show everyone otherwise.

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