DONNY VAN DE BEEK and Eric Bailly are seeking assurances about their future after feeling exiled at Manchester United.
Van de Beek, 24, has started just four Premier League games since he arrived at £35m from Ajax in the summer of 2020 and only one has been minor this season.
That’s despite United screaming for some creativity in midfield.
And while the Red Devils leak goals like a screener, Bayley has been rooted to the bench to only feature once in a League Cup defeat to West Ham.
The 27-year-old was particularly angry at not starting the away game at Leicester with Harry Maguire returning from injury after just one training session instead.
United will lose the match 4-2 with Maguire’s foul stinger injury.
Captain Maguire’s form went with question marks over whether he had fully recovered from a calf injury.
The Ivory Coast star has left Bailly wondering why he was encouraged to sign a new contract last April that would keep him at the club until 2024.
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Meanwhile, Van de Beek has lost his place in the Dutch national team for understandable reasons.
Injury kept him out of the Euro anyway and he spent the summer working hard to restore the rigors of Premier League football.
Van de Beek’s frustration overcame him when he was left on the bench during the last minute win over Villarreal.
He threw gum in the hole after Nemanja Matic and then Fred was favored to come before him as United chased the winner.
While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can’t play with everyone, there is some sympathy within the team for both players.
Not least after the United boss kept the same team from returning victory over Atalanta to defeating Liverpool 5-0.
Solskjaer must now pick his pick and tactics for Saturday’s trip to north London for the match against Tottenham with his job now suspended by a thread.
After that it was a difficult trip away from home to Atalanta in the Champions League followed by a visit to local and Premier League rivals Manchester City.
If results and performance don’t outperform those three games, it may well be for Solskjaer as fan turmoil grows.
The team was booed in the first half against Liverpool at Old Trafford as many left their seats and headed home long before the match ended.
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