By Chris Wheeler for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:30 GMT, 25 October 2020 | Updated: 00:54 GMT, 26 October 2020
There was little to admire about Manchester United here at Old Trafford, but the strength of their bench was certainly impressive enough.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought on Edinson Cavani for his debut, Paul Pogba and Mason Greenwood. Not a bad supporting cast. The United manager still had Nemanja Matic, Axel Tuanzebe and goalkeeper Dean Henderson in reserve.
Then there was United's seventh substitute. The blond-haired Dutchman sitting forlornly in the rain waiting for his chance to shine. It has been a peculiar time for Donny van de Beek since swapping a starting spot at Ajax, who enjoyed a 13-0 win on Saturday, for a place on the fringes at United.
Donny van de Beek has struggled to get game-time due to the competition at Old Trafford
He has been limited to substitute appearances and never even made it on against Chelsea
What should have been an exciting new chapter in the 23-year-old's career has turned into a period of frustration bordering on stagnation. United's £40million signing has made just two starts, in the Carabao Cup against Luton Town and Brighton. Four Premier League appearances as a substitute have produced a