The Dutchman has again been snubbed, missing out of the Carabao Cup semi-final with Manchester City this evening.
Van de Beek is yet to prove his true worth to United since arriving from Ajax in the summer.
And according to the Athletic, United insiders want the former Eredivisie star to be used in a different role.
Staff believe Van de Beek should be used on the left of a midfield diamond, rather than being deployed in central midfield or in a the number 10 role behind the attacking trio.
This evening, Solskjaer has ignored those people by benching the struggling midfielder once more.
Scott McTominay, Fred and Paul Pogba are being used in midfield, with Bruno Fernandes further forward.
Solskjaer addressed concerns over the Dutchman ahead of the City game, saying on Tuesday: “Donny has played well when he’s got the chance.
“I think we are too quick sometimes to jump on that if he isn’t playing, that it is a failure.
“Victor [Lindelof] and Fred are good examples in my team that it takes a little bit of time and now they are massively important players in our squad and in our team and it will be the same with Donny.
"He has come in and is in a midfield pool of players with quality, challenging with Bruno [Fernandes], Juan [Mata], Jesse [Lingard].
“I’ve got loads of no.10s and loads of centre midfielders with Paul [Pogba], Nemanja [Matic], Scott [McTominay], Fred.
"There are many of them and Donny has played well when he’s got the chance and that is a big thing, that you are ready.
“He is always ready, he works hard in training, [he is] positive and he will make differences in many games for us this season, but he’ll grow more and more even for next year.”
But should Van de Beek be demanding gametime and threatening an exit?
Dutch coach Ronald De Boer believes so.
“The European Championship is coming, he will undoubtedly want to be there. Maybe it would be good for him to discuss with the club exactly what they want with him," he said this week.
"If the view on playing time does not improve, he may have to declare that he should be rented or even sold.
“You have to be lucky every now and then. Of course it doesn’t look great now, but with a great performance it can suddenly change completely. We also don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes.
"Perhaps they have made certain agreements with his transfer, they will get him ready for next year this season. That always remains a bit of a guess.”