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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains how ‘unhappy’ Donny van de Beek is in training

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised Donny van de Beek’s attitude, despite acknowledging the Dutchman is unhappy.

Van de Beek was signed by the Red Devils from Ajax in the summer though has made just two Premier League starts.

He is set to be involved in Sunday’s FA Cup tie with Liverpool, with Solskjaer hoping the 23-year-old can prove his worth.

Van de Beek has competition for places at Old Trafford with the likes of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes impressing in the United midfield.

Though Solskjaer has insisted Van de Beek is still working hard and will be ready when called upon, just like the manager was during his playing days.

Solskjaer said: “I wouldn't say that Donny is happy. Of course, he wants to play more, but he gets about his job in the right manner.

“He reminds me a lot about myself, when I first came in, that he understands my difficulties and challenges.

“We are doing well and have got players who are playing really well in his position.

“I was the same with Sir Alex. When he left me out I understood and I was happy for the team to win – and Donny is that type of guy.

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“He knows he is important for us and knows he is going to play many games.

“He will definitely be involved in this game against Liverpool and he might be the deciding factor in the game.

“He trusts his own quality. He is a quietly confident guy who deep down knows he is good enough and is just waiting for his opportunity.”

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United take on Liverpool having drawn 0-0 with the Reds in the Premier League last weekend.

Solskjaer added: “We’ll rotate that’s for sure, but we’ll put a decent team together of course and a team that I feel can win the game.

“Of course the focus is now on the FA Cup. We know it’s a difficult tie, I’m not the best on draws, I think they should try to get someone else in if they want an easy draw!”

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