A rainy night in Manchester saw Chelsea keep the Red Devils to a 0-0 scoreline.
Defensive discipline and concentration from both sides ensured the result. However, there were many who felt that United did not use their resources to the fullest.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær elected to go ahead and give Juan Mata and Daniel James the start after an eventful game at Newcastle United. Likewise, the midfield pivot of Fred and Scott McTominay which was immensely rewarding against PSG was replicated here too.
In the form of superstar substitutes, bringing in both Paul Pogba and debutant Edinson Cavani for the final spell of the game was also a strong attempt to break the deadlock.
However, supporters of the Old Trafford outfit have now zeroed down on trying to amend another starting trouble.
Fans are asking Solskjær to gift Donny van de Beek a start and make the most out of his skillset. The newly acquired Dutch midfielder was an unused substitute on Saturday with Mason Greenwood being thrown in to make a last-ditch effort.
Patrice Evra: “Why did we buy Van de Beek? I have nothing against him. He’s watching the game from the stands. We don’t need him. Nobody will say it but that’s the truth.” #mulive [sky]
— utdreport (@utdreport) October 24, 2020
Ajax won 13-0 while Donny van de Beek sat on the bench during Man United’s 0-0 draw vs. Chelsea. pic.twitter.com/o3xwPL6QnD
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 24, 2020
I don’t want to hear Ole justifying team selections by saying he’s ‘rewarding’ players when Donny van de Beek has been a stand out performer every single time he’s played for the club and hasn’t been rewarded at all.
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) October 24, 2020
What’s worse than heartbreak? Donny van de Beek leaving his boyhood club to watch Scott McTominay and Fred slide around in the rain for 90 minutes pic.twitter.com/1TQRQ5Iu1s
— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) October 24, 2020
Everyone needs to chill on VdB
We all said United needs to add to their depth. They’ve done that. He wasn’t signed to start matches in October unless there were injuries. You knew it a month ago, stop acting surprised
He’ll get more and more minutes soon enough pic.twitter.com/dZwTzzMrz5
— Mike 〽️ (@UtdExcellence) October 24, 2020
Van De Beek will play games. Some of you need to chill. You cry out for depth like City but get upset when some people don’t play. Everyone posting VDBs picture like he has been imprisoned. It’s a long season. Utds next games are against Leipzig then Arsenal. Breathe
— The Elite Pundit (@TheElitePundit) October 24, 2020
Van de Beek and Telles deserve to start against RB Leipzig.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) October 24, 2020
Incidentally, the Norwegian gaffer did address the issue, albeit in a non-comital manner, stating: “Don’t worry about that, he will get his games — it is easy to say who should be playing, more difficult to say who shouldn’t.”
De Beek made an instant impact in his first outing, scoring his debut goal within minutes of being subbed on in the opening loss to Crystal Palace.
The versatility of the 23-year-old does make him a tempting option for several spots. Even though Fred and McTominay were solid, the attacking intent was missing.
Likewise, while the blistering pace of Daniel James is a thing of beauty on its own, the Welshman did not contribute much through it.
Patience is often the name of the game at the Theatre of Dreams and it is understandable why fans are frustrated.