Mills verdict on Man United dressing room unrest as star fumes over Fred selection
Donny van de Beek has “literally spat his dummy out” at Man United but his attitude should not worry Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
That is the view of ex-Man City and Leeds star Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Van de Beek reacted angrily to not being brought on against Villareal in the Champions League.
The midfielder appeared to throw his chewing gum and bib to the floor after it was apparent Fred and Jesse Lingard would be United’s final substitutes to be introduced.
As quoted by Sky Sports after the incident, Solskjaer claimed “we can’t have sulkers” but insisted Van De Beek had not had a negative effect on his teammates.
“He literally spat his dummy out, end of story,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“I’ve been on many a bench where a player has been taken off and they come and sit down and aren’t happy. I’ve been on a bench where a player hasn’t been put on or someone else has gone on ahead of them and they’re not happy.
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“You want to play. People will always throw ‘He’s earning good money, he doesn’t care’. It just goes to show that players do care and players want to play. Players want to be out there on the pitch, it doesn’t matter how much money they’ve got. It’s irrelevant, they want to be playing, plying their trade and doing what they’ve done their whole life.
“When you don’t get that opportunity and you feel you may deserve it then, of course, you’re going to be frustrated.
“He didn’t do anything crazy. He didn’t throw anything at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he didn’t push him over. He’s disappointed, end of.
“People always say there’s not enough passion and emotion in the game but when people show passion there’s always an over the top reaction.”