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Van de Beek was an unused substitute in Man United's 3-0 win over Tottenham last weekend.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a job for the Dutchman before his side's thrashing of Spurs on Saturday.
The 24-year-old was resorted to being a coach-like figure, helping out the first team with a shooting drill ahead of kick-off.
A video shows him teeing up the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes, who all started against Spurs.
He can be seen setting up his Man United teammates alongside coach Michael Carrick.
The initial video of Van de Beek being 'used as a coach' got Man United fans talking as they slammed his treatment under Solskjaer.
One tweeted: "I feel that Donny is far better than Fred in creativity, ball control and defending. Ole has no idea what his doing with this amazing squad."
A second wrote: "It's a joke. If we are playing a 342 Donny would be great in the middle of the midfield linking with Bruno and the front 2."
A third added: "I feel so bad for him. Dude needs to leave or preferably they sack ole ASAP. This treatment of Donny is so annoying."
Van de Beek has only played three games in all competitions this season as he endures another tough campaign following his move from Ajax last year.
He's since been linked with a loan move away from Old Trafford with the winter transfer window approaching.
Does he need time away from Man United to resurrect his career?
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