Manchester United needed a victory against West Brom on Sunday to keep in touch with Premier League leaders Manchester City but could only manage a 1-1 draw against relegation-threatened West Brom.
West Brom, who have won just one home game all season, got off to the perfect start when Mbaye Diagne gave them the lead after 90 seconds before Bruno Fernandes equalised with a stunning volley.
With Paul Pogba ruled out of the clash against West Brom, Solskjaer opted to start Fred alongside Scott McTominay, with Van de Beek once again left on the bench.
According to former Premier League striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Manchester United won’t win the Premier League playing Fred and McTominay in midfield, with the former striker claiming it goes against “the Manchester United way”.
“They’re not as good as they used to be,” he said last year. “That’s normal because we’re expecting too much from Manchester United just because they’re Manchester United.
“That’s not a Manchester United team is it? Two defensive midfield players, going to Everton where you should have more attacking players on the pitch.
“Long term you cannot have Fred and McTominay in your team to become champions or to challenge for the championship.
“For now maybe the games that he needs to defend the back four a bit better to give them stability but long-term? That’s not a Manchester United way.”